There are many steps you can take to keep the varicose veins you have from getting worse and slow new ones from forming. Avoid prolonged standing or sitting, for example, and avoid crossing your legs when you sit. Elevate your legs when sitting – especially if you can raise them above your heart – and try to lose weight if you are overweight. Tight clothing around your legs or waist can also make varicose veins worse. Finally, physical activity is also good for your veins, because it develops and strengthens leg muscles, which helps promote better blood circulation in your legs. Taking these simple steps every day can help you control varicose veins and have healthier legs.