The subject of varicose veins doesn’t typically come up during while whispering sweet nothings in your lover’s ear. No matter. We still think Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to show your legs some love by adopting a lifestyle that will help prevent varicose veins. Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center offers up a few helpful, if not necessarily romantic, tips:
- Get physical:
Regular exercise focusing on strengthening your leg muscles and improving circulation. Power walking, jogging, yoga and dancing are great choices that will keep your legs strong and manage your weight, taking pressure off your legs, knees and feet.
- Go easy:
Give your legs a break from the stilettos. They look great and are fine for an occasional night on the town. But for your day-to-day running, opt for stylish flats or kitten heels instead. High heels keep your calf muscles from effectively pumping blood out of the leg. Plus, the lower heels will help keep those calves curvy and strong.
- Give them some TLC:
If you stand all day at work, shift your weight from one leg to the other every few minutes and take advantage of your downtime. If possible, elevate your legs while you’re resting. And if you spend most of the day sitting at a desk, use those breaks to move around a bit.
- Set a date:
If you have signs of varicose veins or spider veins, set an appointment at St. Johns Vein Center in Jacksonville. Varicose veins, spider veins and other venous insufficiency conditions are our specialty. Call 904-402-VEIN (8346) or use our online “Schedule a Consultation” form.
And have a Happy Valentine’s Day!