It’s 2018, and people are in the throes of setting, attempting, and abandoning new year’s resolutions. For many of us, these resolutions include weight management. At Fitology, we want to help you meet your goals, and a bit part of that is having a big enough “why.” According to Simon Sinek, the size of your “why” is directly related to the success of your venture.
To help with your why, we want to talk about some of the more significant reasons to get your weight under control. If your reason for wanting to slim down is simply to fill out a swim suit for beach season or fit back into an old wardrobe, your “why” is weak. You should be motivated by a deeper commitment to your overall wellness and health.
One of the little-known health benefits of weight management is its effect on the circulatory system. A fundamental component of our body’s circulatory system, veins play an important role in our body’s health. When the heart pumps blood, it travels through the veins to reach key organs and tissue. Without veins — or without healthy veins — organs would fail. While there are several steps you can take to promote healthy veins, one of the most important is to maintain a healthy weight.
Individuals who are overweight are more likely to experience vein disorders, including spider veins. Also known as telangiectasias, it’s characterized by dilated blood vessels that appear as blue lines and marks under the skin. When these superficial blood vessels press against the skin, it forms the shape of a spiderweb.
If you are overweight, there’s a greater chance of blood vessels pressing against your skin and creating spider veins. Slimming down to a healthy weight, however, can minimize its appearance and severity. As you lose weight, there’s less pressure placed against your veins; thus, reducing the risk of vein problems like telangiectasias.
Another common vein problem is varicose veins. Affecting up to 25 million U.S. Adults, according to the American Society for Vascular Surgery (ASVS), it’s characterized by the twisted and enlarged veins under the skin.
Varicose veins is a more serious condition that spider veins. While spider veins are typically superficial, varicose affects deep veins through which a substantial amount of blood flows. According to mnveincenter.com, “Because the valves in the lower legs already have to work harder to get the blood back to the heart, any additional factors that stress the vessels can worsen the problem. Weight gain can be a major stress factor and those additional pounds make it even more difficult for blood to flow in an upward direction.”
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Finally, chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a condition in which blood collects and becomes stagnant in the veins. In a healthy venous system, blood flows freely and unrestricted. Men and women suffering from CVI, however, experience blood pooling in the veins. Over time, the accumulation of this blood creates pressure against the vein walls, creating symptoms such as itching, hyperpigmentation, ulcers and swelling.
These are just a few vein conditions affected by body weight. When you’re overweight, there’s greater pressure placed against your veins. Your heart must work harder to pump blood through your body. The combination of these effects increases the risk of vein disease. Whether it’s spider veins, varicose veins or CVI, though, you can lower your risk of vein disease by maintaining a healthy weight. One of our personal trainers can help you develop a diet and exercise plan perfectly suited to your needs.