Many people have noted strange protrusions on the back of Tour de France cyclists’ legs. One in particular suffered from a case of clustered veins, which has scared people across the globe. He did suffer from a particularly bad case of varicose veins, but it is very possible that despite the appearance, they were not causing him any discomfort.
Since these pictures emerged, we’ve been asked repeatedly whether or not cycling causes or worsens the state of varicose veins… The simple answer is: no it doesn’t.
Cycling, whether it is on a stationary bike or out in the open, is an excellent means of varicose vein prevention and vascular health in general. Cycling works your inner calf muscles, which in turn improves circulation in the area without stressing the bones and joints too much.
Professional cyclists often have extremely low body fat percentages, in many cases lower than the advisable minimum body fat amount needed for survival. Because of this their veins are more visible and accentuated due to the lack of fat covering them underneath the skin. This can give people the impression that all cyclists have varicose veins when in fact they are simply displaying the same veins that we all have, but ours are covered up by healthy amounts of body fat.
Exercise and staying fit is immensely important in the prevention of varicose veins, so don’t disregard cycling as an excellent form of exercise, stay hydrated and remember not to overdo it, as any exercise in excess can be as damaging as doing nothing at all.
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