Did you know that walking helps alleviate some of the symptoms caused by varicose veins? Varicose veins are veins that have stretched beyond their normal capacity. Standing for long periods of time allows blood to fall down the legs and stretch these veins even more. Because these varicose veins can now collect more blood, your legs feel heavier. When you walk, the calf muscles act as a pump to push the blood that has pooled into the lower legs back to the heart. This improves circulation in the legs and helps alleviate that heavy feeling. So get out and go for a walk today!