Our circulatory system is like a superhighway traversing our bodies, bringing much needed nourishment to muscles and organs from our fingertips to our toes. Did you know that the efficiency of this system is a direct result of leading an active lifestyle? In fact, our veins can become damaged if we don’t make physical activity part of our daily routines.
Northern Illinois Vein Clinic says there are two major byproducts of general inactivity that can cause venous issues:
- Prolonged sitting – Sitting or standing for long periods of time puts added pressure on our veins, as it forces them to work overtime to pump blood throughout our bodies.
- Weight gain – Not only can obesity increase your risk for heart disease, it can also contribute to venous insufficiencies. As we learned last week, our diet has a large impact on the blood flow in our veins and arteries. If we don’t maintain a healthy diet, it can adversely affect our circulatory system and contribute to plaque buildup.
These two important factors can contribute to conditions that cause blood to pool in our legs and lead to varicose veins. It is never too late to change your lifestyle and battle the effects of inactivity. Simple actions can go a long way to helping your blood flow more effectively. Take a short walk during your lunch break. Get up and move around during commercial breaks when watching your favorite television shows. Take the stairs down a couple of flights instead of always hopping on the elevator. Even the smallest changes can make a big difference when you add them all up!
To learn more about varicose veins, visit our Vein Clinic. Or, schedule an appointment by calling 907-563-8346 (VEIN).