When you’ve hit the midlife, you might not recognize the body you’re in, especially if you’re looking at your arms and legs. You see, one of the most common issues affecting women over 40 is varicose veins. If you have them, know this … you are not alone.
Varicose veins are more likely to show up as you get older. Because your veins become less elastic over time, they aren’t as efficient at moving blood back up to your heart, and sometimes, they allow some blood to flow back into your veins where it collects. The result can be veins that appear twisted, bulging or enlarged.
According to the Mayo Clinic, varicose veins aren’t a major health concern for most women, but they can be unsightly. Luckily, there are 3 tips you can take right now to keep varicose veins from getting worse.
Tip #1: Exercise
A regular exercise routine that improves your circulation and muscle tone can make your existing varicose veins look better while reducing the risk of new ones developing.
Tip #2: Take a Break
Varicose veins are most likely to appear on your legs as a result of sitting down or standing up for long periods of time. Changing positions often – whether sitting or standing – can help you prevent varicose veins from forming.
Tip #3: Leave the Heels at Home
Some of you may rejoice hearing this while others may not, but the truth is, studies have shown high heels can contribute to varicose vein development (age and genetics generally are the biggest factors here). Now, if you already have varicose veins then wearing heels can actually make them worse. So, leave the heels at home and choose another footwear style!
Managing varicose veins doesn’t have to be difficult. With a bit of time and extra effort, you can look and feel your best. Like varicose veins, there are so many changes that happen to your body during the midlife years. Get in community with women who are going through changes just like you, with the Gurl U R Not Alone podcast. Subscribe HERE.