Does this happen to anyone else when exercising?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
  • poll: Do you notice you swell when exercising?
    Yes When exercising I swell. : (29 votes)
    53 %
    No When exercising I dont swell. : (4 votes)
    7 %
    Sometimes I swell and sometimes I dont when exercising. : (14 votes)
    25 %
    I dont exercise, But I do notice sometimes I swell. : (0 votes)
    I dont exercise and I dont swell. : (0 votes)
    I never even thought to check so I dont know either way. : (5 votes)
    9 %
    I just really like answering polls so I clicked here! : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    288 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Yes, def happens to me sometimes.  Always during cardio and if its hot.  I read something about it being caused by your vasodilation or maybe retaining some fluids.  I think it is pretty common.


    Post # 3
    689 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Legare Waring House

    There are two possible reasons for that:

    1. When you exercise, you’re getting more blood flow to your extremities, like the “pump” that people talk about with their muscles.

    2. If you’re walking outside (it looks like you are!) the heat may be causing you to swell. I live in South Florida, and I can tell you for sure that if I spend a lot of time outside, my ring (which I wear a half size too big) actually will get tight.


    It doesn’t look too extreme to me, so I really wouldn’t be concerned, those are my thoughts, though!

    Post # 4
    282 posts
    Helper bee

    Yes! My hands always get puffy when I do cardio. Anything where my heart rate is extremely elevated really.

    Post # 6
    5222 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Yes! I notice it more around my ankles/feet but this happens to me occasionally

    Post # 7
    4965 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Totalkaos1983:  Happens to me all the time – but mostly in the summer when it’s really humid/hot out. My hands will swell up (happens to my sister and my mother too) and get super itchy. The only thing that helps is going back in AC and/or putting them in freezing cold water. I don’t think you have anything to worry about – just make sure you drink a lot of water!

    Post # 8
    1107 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    Totalkaos1983:  When I used to walk (I now use our recumbent bike due to foot pain) I used to swell up big time in my fingers. I noticed this especially when I’d walk outside  for some reason. Even when it’s a hot day out, I swell! So much so that it is painful to wear rings. I don’t think it’s a major issue though I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to ask a doc, as my swelling usually goes down a bit once I cool down. I’ve just learned I can’t wear rings while exercising or dressed up on hot days at the Rennaissance Faire! 

    Post # 9
    6457 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My hands always get puffy when I exercise or walk outside when it’s hot. I just don’t wear my rings when I know I will be exercising or walking a ton.

    Post # 10
    8850 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Totalkaos1983:  yep for sure! I’m a runner and I pretty much never take my rings off. After long (10+ miles) runs the things are basically stuck on my hands for an hour. I don’t think it’s anything to worry about though : )

    Post # 12
    1608 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My hands swell up when I play volleyball and baseball.

    Post # 13
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    lolot:  10+ miles?! I’d be dead! You’re hardcore!

    Post # 14
    4072 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    Completely normal. If I go for a long walk and it’s warm out, my fingers definitely swell. It goes down quickly though once I am lounging around indoors, so it’s not concerning.

    Post # 15
    4827 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

    I definitely swell when I work out- especially hiking and running. I think it’d be weird if you didn’t!

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