If you want to know how to get veins, then you’ve come to the right article. Well, everybody has veins. If you didn’t, you wouldn’t be alive. For this article, however, we’re talking about having noticeable, visible veins. You see, for some reason, some men feel that having giant, freaky, bulging blood vessels spread over their arms and bodies like tree branches makes them look really cool or manly or well, any other reason you can think of. And hey, we’re not here to judge. In fact, we’re going to tell you how you can try getting those glistening capillaries that slink across your arms like roads on a map. You can try the following steps in order to get veins of a distended nature, but bear in mind that none of them will offer guaranteed success.
- Exercise. Yeah, this is the cure-all for everything, isn’t it? How many guides involving the words “how to” tell you to exercise in order to successfully accomplish what you’re being instructed to do? Probably not what some of you fellas want to hear, but honestly, exercising will help you get veins that swell and stick out like little fleshy cobwebs. And we don’t mean doing one sit-up during the commercial between your favorite shows; actual rigorous exercise will be required to thicken and widen the veins in your body to the point where you can see and feel them easily.
- Trim the fat. This one goes hand in hand with the exercise thing. The less fat you have in your body, the easier it’ll be to get veins and arteries that are exquisitely evident. If you’ve a body fat percentage of twenty percent or higher, there’s a high chance the view of your blood vessels will be obstructed by the aforementioned fat.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking loads of water will help your veins expand a bit and will thus make them more noticeable. Ever have a doctor tell you to drink a lot of water before getting blood tests done? If you’re exercising, you should be taking in a lot of fluids anyway, but water will help with the vein thing too.
- Sit on your butt. These aren’t the sweaty, manly-buff kinds of veins, but they sure are noticeable. Do a lot of either sitting or standing in one place. This will cause blood to just kind of sit and stagnate in your blood vessels longer than it should, which will encourage the development of varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. The best part is you don’t even need to exercise to do this. In fact, if you’re going for varicose veins, we advise doing as little exercise as possible. This isn’t the healthiest way to attain swollen arteries, but it’s the easiest.
- Wait a while. Vascularity (is this even a word?), for some reason, tends to become amplified with age. This is why a middle-aged body builder will be more veiny than man of the same fitness level in his twenties or thirties. Work out, sure, but like a good wine, sometimes you must just age to perfection. Or if you just want, say, veiny hands, you are almost guaranteed to get those with age, starting in your twenties and with no effort at all.
Those popping blood ducts, unpleasant as they may appear, are actually a good sign, if you’re physically active, anyway. Plump little bloody aqueducts that jut out like bloated parasites are a sign of good circulation, which is a mark of overall good health and fitness. And hey, if you ever need to have blood drawn, not even a blind, seizure-prone, quadruple-amputee nurse could miss your veins. However, if you live a sedentary lifestyle or you’ve been injured and you’ve got huge, dilated blood vessels, this could indicate a serious health issue. It’s at this point you should probably see a doctor since poppy veins and no exercise is not a good combination.
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