Summer Exercise with Varicose Veins

Summer heat can cause swelling in your legs and feet, especially during exercise. You may notice more discomfort from your varicose veins – more pain, aching, or swelling than usual. Exercise is important for your overall health as well as your vein health, and these exercises can help protect you from complications with your varicose veins.


One of the best exercises to do in the summer is swim. Not only is swimming great cardiovascular exercise but it also cools down your veins and helps reduce swelling, pain, and discomfort. Because excess weight can aggravate or even cause varicose veins, daily swimming can help you reduce your weight safely by burning more calories. Combined with a healthy diet, you can improve your vein health as well as your overall health with regular swimming.


Still one of the best exercises any person can do, walking is good for you and your veins. It is a great way to improve circulation, strengthen the health of your veins, and reduce swelling. During the hottest part of the year, you should consider walking early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid overheating your veins.

Reducing Varicose Vein Swelling and Pain

If you find that the hot summer months cause you to experience more pain and discomfort, it may be because of extra swelling. There are ways you can quickly get relief:

  • Cold bath – A cold bath will quickly reduce the swelling in your veins and joints and provide relief
  • Elevate your legs – Keeping your legs elevated above your heart can help force the blood not to pool in your legs
  • Perform leg stretches. Stretching exercises can help promote better blood flow and reduce swelling and pain.

If you already have unsightly or painful varicose veins, there are a variety of treatments available to help, both cosmetic and for health reasons. Left untreated, varicose veins can lead to further complications, including skin damage, ulcerations, and blood clots. Treatments include:

We proudly serve patients from Traverse City, Cadillac, Manistee, Big Rapids, Houghton Lake, Grayling, Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding areas with varicose vein treatments. Call today for your consultation at (231) 946-1488 or complete a Contact Form here!

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