New Year! New You!

New Lifestyle Habits to Adopt in 2017.

Maintain a healthy weight

Overweight might be one of the reasons why people, especially women and the elderly develop Varicose Veins/Spider veins. This is due to the fact that they carry excess body weight that puts pressure on the veins, which can cause inflammation or reflux. Especially in the largest superficial veins.

To counter this, regulate your food intake and do more activities so that you can get down to a healthy weight.

Sitting or standing for too long

Sitting or standing for too long can cause extra pressure in the veins, which makes it harder for the body to move blood from the legs up towards the heart. The valves in the veins can get damaged by the pressure, if the valves don’t work properly, this can lead to pooling of blood in the veins that shows up as spider veins or varicose veins.

The muscle of the lower leg helps return blood to the heart by acting like pumps. Every time you move your legs, the muscles squeeze the veins. But if you sit or stand in the same position for long periods of time — especially with your legs crossed or bent — your blood doesn’t flow as well from the legs to the heart. Over time, this can lead to varicose veins.

Give it a break! Do some yoga poses, walk around the office, or simply take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Elevate your legs

What does it do? Feels good almost instantaneously! It takes pressure off your legs and regulate blood flow to your entire body. Give your legs a break, it went through a long hard day! Want a better treatment? Have a leg massage while it is elevated.

Not too tight jeans please

Wearing tight-fitting, restrictive clothing can slow down the blood circulation around your body, which will put pressure on the veins, in this case, the legs. It’s all about the flow.

Loosen up a little, try on something lighter and more snuggly around your legs. Be confident with what you are wearing. At the end of the day, confidence is the best beauty.

Exercise regularly

Blood circulation is important and we need to ensure that it flows to the whole body instead to one spot. Veins on the legs will have it hard due to gravity and pressure. So get moving!

Walking is the best and easiest way to reduce Varicose veins/Spider veins. It keeps the leg in motion. Too easy? How about cycling?

No time, got work? How about the stairs instead of the elevators? Or try alighting one stop earlier before destination and walk!

Other simple exercises you can try include leg lifting, simply lie on your back and lift your leg up making an L shape. Feel its comfort as the pressure is taken off your leg.

*Individual results may vary.