A lot of things have changed since the early 1900′s. At the start of the previous century, most people were clothed from head to toe wherever they went, not wanting to display even their ankles as it was socially awkward, and perhaps even a sign of poor upbringing.
The very opposite is happening nowadays. If fashion in the olden days meant wearing tons of cloth in a stylish manner, nowadays it means displaying flesh in the snazziest way possible while not revealing too much on one’s self. One might think that this has resolved a lot of issues in the area of pricing when it comes to clothes since very little cloth is used to make garments. As true as it may be, it has also revealed a new need: the need to make sure that every portion of the body is beautiful, especially the legs since this portion of the body is exposed as much as possible.
Keeping the legs spotless is not an easy thing to do, especially since a lot of people suffer from what is called varicose veins in legs. Though hardly a health hazard, varicose veins in legs make it difficult for anyone suffering from it to showcase what they have since they could be likened to graffiti on a freshly whitewashed wall.
So what exactly are varicose veins in legs? In a pinch, they are swollen veins that are easily visible through the skin. They appear because the blood flow within the veins is not as smooth as it should be, and pooling of the blood occurs in certain portions of the veins. This is supposedly caused by holding a particular position (sitting or standing) for prolonged periods of time.
Here are some steps that one can take to avoid getting varicose veins in legs:
1. Avoid prolonged sitting or standing – some may consider this a difficult thing to do, especially when the current job requires one to remain seated or standing for hours on end each day. However, it shouldn’t be too much to get up and walk to the coffee maker or the comfort room every half an hour or so. This should get the blood moving around the legs once again.
2. Take advantage of breaks – if movement is required throughout the day, give the legs some time to rest. For a few minutes at a time, allow them to stretch a bit. It is even recommended that they be propped up for a while, preferably elevated above the heart, so that any blood stuck anywhere in the veins would have the guidance of gravity as it finds its way back to the heart.
3. Exercise – this has a lot of benefits, and one of those is definitely keeping the legs healthy. With healthy legs, you get muscles that aid the veins in doing what they need to do… transport blood back up to the heart.