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Physical activity to relieve leg pain

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Why does physical activity promote blood circulation?

Physical exercise is highly beneficial for health in general, and for blood circulation in particular.

  • Muscle contractions during physical activity act like a pump, sending blood towards the heart
  • The heart itself has a suction-propulsion action during exercise
  • Your higher breathing rate during exercise helps to increase this pumping action by variations in pressure

Which sports should you choose?

  • Walking/hiking
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Climbing
  • Gymnastics

Which sports should you avoid, and why?

Certain sports require significant effort while holding your breath, slowing down blood flow back to the heart:

  • Weightlifting, bodybuilding, some combat sports

Sports practiced on hard surfaces can cause vascular strain injuries which can make varicose veins worse:

  • Marathon running, tennis, basketball, volleyball, etc.

Heat can also be a major contributing factor, either from the ambient environment or the wearing of thick, tight attire:

  • Fencing, horse riding, ice hockey, etc

Violent sports can cause internal venous injuries by direct trauma:

  • Football, judo, rugby, hockey, etc

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