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Exercise and fluid retention
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SundayRider posted:
When I work out hard I retain fluid. Is is visible and most noticeable in my legs, though I'm sure it is everywhere. I am hypertensive, but it is well controlled. I have no other heart related issues. Should I be concerned and is this a sign that I am hydrating too much on long rides? SundayRider
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Rich Weil, MEd, CDE responded:
When you work out hard you break down muscle tissue, and in order for it to heal, water and nutrients flow to the tissue to repair it and that causes swelling. But if you think you are retaining fluid from blood pressure problems or some other medical condition or medication then you should check with your doctor.