My hands and feet are puffy and swollen. My face also looks swollen. I drink about 10 8oz cups of water a day. I am always really thirsty due to be so active. Also, the comment about the salt, I really watch my salt intake. I make sure I only get the recommended amount each day. I don't eat late at night either. Thanks for all your help
7/13/10 4:26 P
the comments about muscles holding fluid after exercise are correct.
But - You don't say how much water you are actually drinking. But if you are drinking a lot more that 8 cups a day, I would not increase that without advice from a doctor. You may need the fluid to prevent dehydration, but there is such a thing as over-hydration. Are you really swelling? And if so, where? If it is isolated to the muscles exercised, then that can be expected. I wouldn't increase the weights until this issue has subsided.
I remember years ago when I commuted to university by bike. My jeans would fit fine when I started, but by the time I arrived at the university, it would feel like I had tourniquets around my thighs. Yes, muscles retain fluid when worked.
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7/13/10 12:18 P
That's a normal reaction to weight training. Your muscles soak up water like a sponge when they've been worked intensely. They'll even swell in size. This is temporary. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once they've adapted to the new routine. This could take a few days.
Keep drinking the water, that will help you flush your system. but yeah, bloating and swelling are a part of weight training.
Is the lifting a new routine? When you start a new strength training routine, it is common for your muscles to retain water. You may also want to track your sodium intake if you're not doing so already.
After working with weights I wake up feeling swollen in the morning. I drink tons of water, way more than recommended. I do my weight lifting at night 3x a week because at night is the only time I can get to it. But, why do I feel swollen?
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