Leg Vein Health

Updated 25 July 2016

Are tired, achy, heavy legs the story of your life? They don't have to be.

Here some exercises that will assist in keeping the blood flowing to prevent blood clots from developing...


When travelling is the story of your life, your legs need care and support. 

Venavine Intensive Cream ® contains active ingredients that can soothe and cool achy, tired, heavy legs. 
Massaging with Venavine® Intensive Cream can help improve circulation. 

Regular leg exercises are recommended when sitting for long periods of time either during an airline flight or on long car trips. 

These exercises will assist in keeping the blood flowing to prevent blood clots from developing. 

Below are simple exercises to do to relieve tension in your legs and promote blood flow:

During a flight

Exercise 1:

Leg Lifts

- Put your feet together.
- Lift one knee off the floor then place back on the floor.
Repeat with the other knee.
Do this exercise 8 times with each leg.

Exercise 2:

Foot Fit

- Lift one foot at a time and perform the following exercise.
- 8 circles to the left.
- 8 circles to the right.
- Point your foot forward and then back and repeat eight times.
- Repeat on the other foot.

During long car trips

Ankle Fit Exercises

- Before driving, extend your leg and with your toes pointed, move your foot around in a circle.
- Repeat five to 10 times.

Take regular breaks from driving during a long trip and repeat this exercise.

After walking long distances

Exercise 1:

Quadriceps Stretch

- While standing, brace yourself against a wall, bend your knee, and slowly pull your foot so that your heel touches your buttocks.
- Repeat with other leg.

Exercise 2:

Hamstring stretch 

- While standing, bend over at the waist and try to touch your toes.
- Hold for a few seconds.

Did you know?

Venavine® Intensive Capsules® contain Red Vine Leaf Extract, Horse Chestnut Herb and Butcher’s Broom Root Extract. These active ingredients can assist the body to help alleviate the discomfort of tired, heavy, painful and swollen legs.* 

They also strengthen the leg vein walls while improving circulation.

* Efficacy of support may vary between users. Consult a medical practitioner for a diagnosis or if symptoms persist.

For more information visit Venavine or call the customer care centre on 0860 628482 (NATIVA). The product is available for online purchase at Nativa.

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Leg vein expert

Dr. Riaz Motara is a specialist physician and cardiologist. He has an interest in preventative cardiology. He runs Veinsculpt, the first and only comprehensive vein clinic in South Africa, using endo-venous laser ablation as the treatment of choice.He also operates the only Women's Heart Clinic in South Africa.

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