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walking.

Postby pilvikki » 17 Sep 2009, 14:31


hi cindy!

i'm wondering if you could explain why my hands start to swell up after i've been walking for some 5-10 mins. to me it makes no sense as walking is supposed to improve circulation, not leave stuff pooling in my hands...

thanks!
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Re: walking.

Postby Ohlia » 17 Sep 2009, 16:31

Do you walk on your hands, Vikk?
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 17 Sep 2009, 23:59


humph! :bleh:


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Re: walking.

Postby caththecrazy » 18 Sep 2009, 07:37

Do you carry anything while you're walking?

Be intersting to hear the answer - never heard of that before
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 18 Sep 2009, 13:56


no, i don't carry anything. i swing my arms quite freely but i don't do the power walking elbows up as it looks so daft...
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Re: walking.

Postby Ohlia » 18 Sep 2009, 21:43

Take your pick, which one should I get you? :mrgreen:

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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 18 Sep 2009, 23:39


one that i could hook up to a trailer to tow the kids with! :lol:
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Re: walking.

Postby brandtrn » 21 Sep 2009, 19:50

Sorry it's taken me so long to reply to this, pilvikki. As I explained to MWB, the changing over of schedules and the sensory overload that seems to be a part of any new job orientation has got me so wiped out that I've not logged in here over the past few days.

Anyway, the hand swelling that you're talking about isn't as unusual as you might think. Lots of people seem to have a problem with this, and I'm not certain that the experts definitely agree on the causes for this. However, here are a few that I've heard which make sense to me:

Walking with your hands constantly below the level of your heart can make it a whole lot more difficult for the circulatory system to return your blood flow back from your hands, especially since the arm muscles are much smaller and less in use than the leg muscles when walking. This, more likely than anything, is what leads to the puffiness and bloated look of your hands after a walk. The medical term for this condition would be called "dependent edema."
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 21 Sep 2009, 22:52


thank you! so it's nothing to get my knickers in a knot about... :dancer2:
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Re: walking.

Postby caththecrazy » 23 Sep 2009, 07:10

Looks like you'll have to change your hand postion then Vikki

never thought of that - it's very interesting
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Re: walking.

Postby ladypatg » 06 Oct 2009, 22:21

Just walk like this.

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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 07 Oct 2009, 00:49


sure, if only i looked like that.... :bleh:
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Re: walking.

Postby ladypatg » 09 Oct 2009, 04:20

Well - arms overhead does do wonders for any saggy bits. Although it is difficult to type that way. :lmao4:
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 10 Oct 2009, 17:05


yeah, ok, but them my hands go all tingly and numb...

can't win, huh?
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Re: walking.

Postby threenorns » 10 Oct 2009, 21:19

given your carpal tunnel issues, reduced circulation makes sense.

daft or not, git 'em pumping!
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 11 Oct 2009, 03:12


but that activates my tendonitis....
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Re: walking.

Postby threenorns » 11 Oct 2009, 07:17

well, you're not supposed to be pumping them back and forth as if you're rowing up the volga - just keep them at 90 degrees with shoulders down and open and elbows tucked into your body and gently swinging in time with your walking. that would keep everything in a neutral position which shouldn't trigger any tendonitis at all.

and take an anti-inflammatory 20 minutes to a half-hour before you go.
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Re: walking.

Postby pilvikki » 13 Oct 2009, 00:45


it looks funny... and i don't get along with anti-inflamatories...
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