If your car just sits in the driveway all winter, chances are it might not be there for you when you need it. Getting in regularly to turn the ignition on and taking it for a spin can keep things in working order.
The same goes for your veins. The more time you spend sitting around being inactive, the less chance they have at working their best.
Healthy veins need blood flowing through them. When blood is flowing, they do a better job of staying relaxed, loose, and doing what they’re supposed to do.
That’s why exercise and movement are so great for veins: they put them to work. Sitting for extended periods, or even standing in the same position for a long while, can increase the likelihood of blood pooling. Sitting can even put potentially damaging pressure on veins.
Although it might seem like poor circulation is the result of unhealthy veins, it could be the other way around. If you’re depriving yourself of movement, blood has no reason to go anywhere, and vein quality can suffer.
Healthy blood vessels are the highways that get oxygen and nutrients to your blood, remove waste, and make things easier on your heart. The easier blood can circulate through your body, the healthier you are likely to be.
So, get moving. Give blood a reason to move through your body and increase the health of your veins and arteries. Let them do their job.
Just getting up to walk for a few minutes out of every hour can help, as can aiming for at least 30 minutes of dedicated exercise time five days per week. The more you can move, the better it is for your blood vessels.
If you have existing heart problems and are at high risk for a cardiovascular event, it is essential to talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. They can help to construct a safe and manageable workload to get started.