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Your Go-To Checklist For Vein Health This Holiday Season

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Though in theory the holidays are about spending time with family, enjoying one another, and relaxing around the fireplace with a glass of eggnog in hand, the reality tends to be a bit different. To-do lists at this time of the year feel as if they’re pouring out your ears. From shopping for gifts amongst the crowds to baking complex Pinterest desserts to share; from navigating holiday travel to decorating your home for all the festivities, the holidays can truly be overwhelming.

And the first thing that tends to get thrown to the wayside is your health. It seems impossible to stay on top of exercise with so much else to do, and don’t even get us started on the setbacks our health suffers from all of the holiday treats . . .The holidays truly can be the most wonderful time of the year, but that’s only if you keep your health at the forefront of your mind — your vein health in particular.

However, we are not saying all this to cause you more anxiety — you do not need to stress about having yet another thing to worry about.

Staying on top of your vein health this holiday season is sure to be a breeze, thanks to the below checklist.

Keep this checklist handy throughout the holidays, and into the new year as well — you’ll notice a difference in your health, and your happiness!

Holiday Vein Health Checklist

Pack snacks wherever you go

The holidays wouldn’t be the holidays without a bit of indulging.

It is possible to turn down truffles only so many times before you feel you’ll spontaneously combust unless you have that rich delicacy melting in your mouth.

And that’s okay! There is no need to feel guilty about indulging in extra treats during the holiday season, just as long as you aren’t overdoing it.

Making a habit out of eating pie after every meal will take you down a road you don’t want to travel — a road that leads to weight gain.

Though the average weight gain during the holiday season is a little over one pound, for those who are already overweight, the extra holiday pounds packed on is a lot more.

In fact, a study found that overweight people gained at least five pounds during the holidays.

And, being overweight is one of the leading causes of vein problems.

So, rather than put more stress on your already-stressed veins, decide ahead of time what treats to allow yourself during the holiday season, and when.

Saying “no” to the desserts sitting right in front of your face at the office, or at a party is certainly no easy feat.

To make your cravings less frequent, and to make it easier for you to pass by the sweets table without grabbing a handful of candy, up your protein intake during the next few weeks.

Protein is a great tool to use to help curb cravings for sugar and carbs, so carry around some cheese and nuts with you wherever you go.

And, the next time you feel yourself about to cave for those chocolate cookies, reach for your packed bag of nuts, wait ten minutes, and you’ll watch the craving disappear.

Squeeze in some exercise

We get it — time is precious during the holiday season, and spending that free 45 minutes at the gym instead of finding a gift for your nephew may be the last thing you want to do.

But maintaining a regular exercise regimen this time of year is vital to your vein health.

Incorporating some time for moving into your daily schedule will help keep your circulation on track, which ensures your veins stay healthy.

That certainly doesn’t mean you have to spend an hour pounding it out on the treadmill — daily exercise can simply be a nice walk or other workout outdoors.

Grab a buddy, or pop some holiday tunes into your ears, and you may be surprised to find that you enjoy this time away.

More than just a way to keep your veins happy, this exercise time is a great way to reduce stress — something we could all use a little of this time of year.

Travel smart

Travel is tricky for even the most seasoned travelers this time of year.

Crowds, overbooked flights, traffic, and long lines are all things you’re guaranteed to experience during your holiday travels.

With the many layers of stress when traveling, you don’t want to add vein problems to the list.

The high altitudes you’ll experience while traveling lead to an increase of pressure in your body. That, coupled with sitting in those cramped seats for hours at a time can cause a whole lot of swelling, and possibly even blood clots.

Since you don’t want to deal with that any time of year, but especially not during the holidays, here are some things to keep in mind when traveling this season:

1.  Avoid tight clothes and wear loose-fitting clothes that will allow you to move more easily
2.  Bring compression socks with you
3.  Stay hydrated! This is key when flying — before, during, and after your flight(s)
4.  Walk whenever possible — you’ll see other people pacing the plane aisles doing the same, especially on long flights
5.  Stretch your legs as often as you can to prevent cramping, and to promote blood circulation
6.  When sitting, roll your ankles in circles both directions
7.  When sitting, point and flex your feet
8.  Stay away from salty drinks and overly salty foods

Schedule a vein treatment

If you’re suffering from minor vein problems and want to avoid surprise vein problems popping up during this already-busy season, it may be a good idea to get those issues worked out before the holidays begin.

The most trusted vein specialist in the country, Vein Clinics of America has quick and easy solutions to your vein problems that will have you immediately back on your feet. You’ll be ready to tackle the holidays without the worries of vein problems getting in your way.

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Medically Reviewed by

Dr. Satish Vayuvegula
Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is the National Medical Director at Vein Clinics of America. Certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Satish Vayuvegula is recognized as a physician who has met rigorous standards of knowledge and extensive training in phlebology, the diagnosis and treatment of varicose vein disease and related disorders. Dr. Satish also shares his passion and expertise by serving as a board member of the American Vein and Lymphatic Society, the predominant national organization for venous and lymphatic disease.

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