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FINGERS GET NUMB WITH WALKING
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An_198467 posted:
PLEASE HELP, I USUALLY WALK FOR EXERCISE, BUT MY FINGERS TEND TO SWELL AND GET NUMB, ANY INPUT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED ON WHY THIS HAPPENS
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pallzy responded:
How do you hold your arms while you're walking? I know if I let my arms just hang, I'll get that numb, tingly feeling in my hands. But, if I keep my arms bent at the elbow to 90 degrees and keep them moving, I don't. Worth a try.
5'11 SW 275/GW 160/CW 164
 
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SUSANA40 replied to pallzy's response:
I have them hanging, I will try walking with my elbow bent, thanks for the suggestion.
 
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
This is very common during exercise, particularly during walking, and especially so when it gets hot and humid. Fluid tends to accumulate in the extremities as the result of the arm swing and holding arms straight. It can be bad enough that people need to remove their rings before exercising. One solution is that every few minutes raise your hands over your head and clench and relax your hands. Some people will carry a squeeze ball which keeps the blood and other fluids flowing in and out of the hands. You can also hold your arms at 90 degrees and use a race-walk style arm swing.


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