Archive for March, 2012

Preventing Varicose Veins

 

Varicose veins are visible twisted and swollen veins commonly found on the legs and is more prevalent among women than men. More than just a beauty concern for women, varicose veins can trigger serious health problems like leg pains, night cramps, pulmonary embolism which can lead to a stroke. 

An effective treatment for varicose veins is through surgery. There are now procedures that you can choose that are less painful, less invasive, and even result in minimal scarring. It is best to consult your doctor if you experience chronic pain in your legs because of varicose veins. To prevent the onset of varicose veins, here are some things you can do to keep them in check:

1. Exercise regularly. Walking and jogging will result to a a well-toned leg muscle that will pump out more blood than a weak one and strengthens the entire circulatory system as well.

2. Avoid standing still for long periods. Try to walk around and flex your calf muscles by rising up and down on your toes, and squeezing your feet together in your shoes. This will keep the blood circulating more properly.

 3. Avoid wearing high heels frequently. Opt for the more comfortable, low-heeled shoes for everyday wear. You can still wear high heels for special occasions when you need to look your best.

4. Wear support hose. Help your legs decrease the expansion of its vein wall by wearing stockings that apply a gentle, graduated pressure to the leg from the foot upward.

5. Take time to elevate your legs.   Help the veins on your legs pump blood back to your body easier by positioning your legs higher than your head. You can also try it while sleeping by elevating the foot of your bed. Ask your doctor for more details.

Pregnancy Workout

 

We all know that engaging in a meaningful physical activity and other forms of exercise does wonders and benefits to our health.  However, many women become afraid to do any workout during pregnancy because of the harm that it may cause to their baby. While this is understandable as they want to protect their baby as much as possible, studies have already unfounded that pregnant women can exercise safely with minimal risk to herself and her baby.

Exercise can actually help pregnant women decrease swelling,  improve circulation and digestion, get better sleeping patterns, achieve high energy levels, and, for beauty-conscious pregnant women out there, read: less varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and easier time getting back in shape after giving birth. Before beginning any form of workout, it is important to get a doctor’s approval first. Here are some guidelines to a safe and effective pregnancy workout for you and your baby:

Eat well. Take in nutritious food to make up for the calories that you burn through workout. Keep your weight gain at a normal, healthy level.

Avoid high-risk exercise or sport that has a high risk of throwing you off balance like bicycling outdoors. You may opt to ride a stationary bike instead. As your pregnancy progresses, lessen also the intensity and duration of your workout. When performing aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, dancing, etc., limit its duration to a maximum of 45 minutes to avoid any injury.

Drink plenty of water every 15-20 minutes to stay cool. Do your workout in a well-ventilated place. After workout, do not use hot tubs, saunas or steam rooms. If you feel hot, remember that your baby feels even hotter.

Listen to your body. Stop your workout and seek your doctor if you experience any of the following warning signals: severe headache, fainting, sharp pain on chest or abdomen, bleeding or sudden gush of fluid from the vagina, extreme nausea, or blurred vision.