You are allowed to have fun – and indulge yourself – during the holidays. No one expects you to avoid the food, the parties and late nights that come with the traditional celebrations with family and friends.
With New Year’s Eve you got one more opportunity to pop corks and sample your favorite dishes. Then you need commit to your New Year’s resolutions.
Everyone naturally tailors goals to their own specific circumstances; if you have varicose veins, here are some things you can consider that might help keep them from getting worse – or that at least might slow down their progression.
If you don’t do anything to keep your legs in shape, start walking. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or put on your sneakers at lunch and walk around the block. Walking is a great way to get your lower legs in shape and keep the blood flowing.
Don’t think you need to lose your extra pounds all at once. If you skip dessert during the work week and eat a salad instead of pasta at lunch, you will start on a path of healthier eating. One of the goals is to decrease your blood pressure, which puts extra strain on your veins. If your veins are already weakened, high blood pressure makes them worse faster.
You know smoking is bad for lots of reasons. It also increases blood pressure. Everything you can do to get closer to a normal blood pressure reading at your next doctor’s visit will slow down wear and tear on your veins.
The overall goal is to feel and look as good as you can. It does take effort, but you’re worth it. At the Vein Institute of Connecticut, we remind you of that every chance we get.