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Venous training - give your leg health a boost!


If you want to do something good for your legs to complement appropriate compression therapy, you should do a few regular exercises to keep your veins in top shape. Here are some examples of the training you can do.

Exercise 1

To warm up, march in place. Pull your knees up sharply while allowing your arms to swing loosely.

Exercise 2

Lift one leg off the floor and draw a figure-8 in the air. Repeat this exercise 5 to 10 times for each leg.

Exercise 3

Stand on your tiptoes on top of a heavy book (e.g. a telephone directory) and stretch upwards. Touch the floor 15 times with your heels.

Exercise 4

Lie flat on your back with your arms down by your sides. Make circles in the air with your legs as if you were riding a bicycle. Do this for about 30 seconds.

Exercise 5

With the soles of your feet, roll a ball in a circle on the floor for about half a minute.

Exercise 6

Place a roll of paper towels or a bottle in front of your feet on the floor. Move your feet in a curve across the top of the roll or bottle up to your toes and back to your heels. Do this 15 times.

Exercise 7

Lying on your back, lift your leg. Bend and stretch it 15 times against a taut fitness band.

Exercise 8

Lie flat and rest your legs on a cushion or a roll of paper towels. Taking each leg in turn, stretch your toes toward your body 15 times.

Exercise 9

Stand on tiptoes 15 times, returning to a standing position slowly each time.

Exercise 10

Sit with your heels on the floor. Taking each leg in turn, lift your right and left toes 15 times.