Did you know that one of the top risk factors for developing varicose veins is prolonged periods of standing? This is because when you stand, your veins have to pump upwards to send blood back to the heart, making blood circulation more difficult. Blood begins to pool, and a varicose vein is formed. This puts teachers, nurses, hairdressers, and other professionals that spend extended periods of time on their feet at a higher risk for vein disease. If you work in such a job, following these tips to keep your blood flowing will lower your risk for vein disease.

Elevate your legs

When you stand, your veins have to work against gravity to get blood back to your heart. By elevating your legs, you are putting gravity back on the side of your veins. Try to find ways to keep your legs elevated during the day, like using a recliner when watching television. If you get a break during your long workday, kick your legs up. Your veins are working hard too!

Wear Compression Stockings

Standing increases the chances of blood pooling in your legs. Compression stockings work by keeping the veins in the right position to pump blood back up to the heart. Compression stockings can be purchased at any of USA Vein Clinic’s 22 locations, and come in various sizes and colors.

Walking

The more you walk, the more it stimulates your leg muscles and helps regulate the flow of blood. There are numerous benefits to increasing how many steps you take each day, including preventing varicose veins. Pedometers are a great tool to help you increase your daily step count. Set a goal and track how many steps you are taking a day. If you’re missing your goal, look for ways to gain extra steps. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Plan social interactions based on walking instead of sitting. Force yourself to walk by parking further away from the supermarket entrance. Try anything that gives you extra steps throughout your day.

Stretch

Many stretch before exercising in order to prevent soreness. This is because stretching increases circulation and the supply of nutrients delivered to the muscles. But did you know that increased circulation also lowers your risk of developing varicose veins? If you’re a teacher or nurse, try quick leg stretches between classes or patients. If you have the time, going to a yoga class before or after work is a great way to stretch and keep your blood flowing.

Exercise

In case you needed another reason to exercise regularly, here you go. Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent varicose veins from forming. This is because exercise stimulates the muscles and keeps a steady flow of blood from your veins to your heart. Developing a regular exercise routine will make you feel better, and help keep your legs looking great!