Exercise And Varicose Veins: What To Know

Nothing can be quite as embarrassing as getting ready for bikini season only to look down at your legs and see a swarm of varicose veins. If you are working out to get your body ready for the beach, you might be able to help your varicose veins as well. Read on to learn more about how exercising can help you get rid of your varicose veins.


One of the first treatment solutions that Dr. Heeringa encourages his patients at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists to do is lose weight. The more weight you have on your body, the more stress it puts on your heart and your overall circulation— leaving you more prone to getting varicose veins. By losing weight, you can increase your body’s circulation and hopefully get rid of your varicose veins in the process.

What Workouts Are Safe?

Unless you are doing something strange like deep-sea diving, you shouldn’t be restricted on what workouts you are doing to get rid of your varicose veins. The goal is to do enough cardio that you can burn fat and calories— leaving your body slimmer and healthier than ever before. If you do start to experience some pain or discomfort in your veins during your workout, then stop the workout and contact Dr. Heeringa.

What If They Don’t Go Away?

Unfortunately, losing weight isn’t always a cure-all for varicose veins. Even though they are more likely to dissipate when the weight comes off, they still may be present. Luckily, here at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists, we have a variety of treatment options for you to choose from to get rid of your veins once and for all. During your initial consultation, you and Dr. Heeringa will go over all of your options.

Exercise isn’t just good for your heart and your waistline; it’s good for getting rid of your varicose veins as well. To learn more about varicose veins, contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists today.