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4/28/14 8:34 A

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FLORADITA, that makes complete and total sense for me! I also have an autoimmune disease (severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) that has completely destroyed my thyroid. To add to it, my blood sugar recently came really high so I've been restricting my carbohydrate consumption for the last 21 days. It's finally at a healthy level, but to keep it there, I have to keep watching my carbs. Perhaps I need a little more on those days I'm working out extra hard. Thanks for the info :)



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4/27/14 5:53 P

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Floradita - thank you for your explanation. I have hypothyroidism so this explains a lot for me.

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4/27/14 5:24 P

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Often when a person starts a new fitness routine or increases the intensity of their workouts it causes the body to pull heat away from the body's surface area and directs it to the fatigued muscles. This is felt even more when a person has more fat stores than muscle and why it is more common for women than with men (women tend to have a higher fat to muscle ratio in general than men). This is not a cause for alarm or uncommon but it can be a bit unnerving and uncomfortable. The best way to reduce this effect is to eat a good meal consisting of about 75% carbs and 25% protein within a 1/2 hour to an hour after working out. Rather than a hot shower, soak in a hot bath and drink plenty of water. Adding a dose of magnesium can aid in reducing muscle soreness and depletion.

A few years ago I badly injured my knee which required surgery. I became rather sedentary as a result, gained a bunch of weight and had stopped working out etc. When I finally got sick of being a fat couch potato and started working out again, I was back at square one and quite shocked to see how quickly I had loss muscle mass and physical stamina. I started slow and soon my body responded and so I increased my workouts and the intensity. I began to experience exactly what you are going through. I would be cold for hours and it was not pleasant. Luckily my physiotherapist knew exactly what was happening and encouraged me to keep going but to eat a good meal after working out. It really made a difference as did a hot bath. It lasted off and on for a few weeks and then my body just seemed to adjust to my new exercise habits.

When I told my endocrinologist, he confirmed that for people with low thyroid this is more common and has worked with athletes that have had this complaint. (women are more likely to have low thyroid and make up the largest portion of his practise) I have no thyroid function due to an autoimmune disease and I am often more sensitive to cold than other people. The feeling I had after exercising intensely was new but it did resolve itself within a few weeks.

You may want to pull back in terms of intensity if it is too uncomfortable or push on through until your body adjusts. Either way I would not worry too much, it seems to be part of the process of our bodies adjusting to more activity.

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4/27/14 4:31 P

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I exercise first thing in the morning ... and this happens to me as well - getting chilled. I have always thought that it was for the same reasons already listed - sweating and now clothes are wet and low blood sugar due to not eating. It always passes.

If you are cold for four hours ... you should consult with your doc.

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4/27/14 4:20 P

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Just a guess, but if your body is using your blood supply for your large muscle groups to support your workout then maybe it is shunting it away from your skin and extremities to fulfill the need which would make those areas cold. I get cold after eating often and I have been told that it is similar reasoning (shifting blood supply to the digestive system).


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4/27/14 5:59 A

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I get cold too, but mine is just for a few minutes and gone after I change out of my sweaty clothes.



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4/26/14 9:31 P

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I am horribly cold unless I have a hot shower AND eat/drink something hot.

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4/26/14 8:39 P

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Could it be from sweating during exercise, cause I get cold for awhile after that but usually my clothes are soaked from sweat and it gets cold against my skin. Idk.

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4/26/14 7:49 P

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Good question. It happens to me, too, though not in the summer time. I wouldn't exactly say I am freezing, but just that I get chilled. I just thought it was because of the cold weather. When I cycle in cold weather, I'm always fairly warm when I finish a ride, but after I've been in the house for 5 or 10 minutes, I really start to get chilled. I haven't done an online search, but maybe I'll have to do that. I'll try to remember to follow up here.

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4/26/14 6:45 P

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I've never heard of this before. It could be a blood sugar thing or a circulatory thing. You should probably schedule a doctor appointment!

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4/26/14 6:28 P

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All my workouts, regardless of whether I shower right away or not, result in me having horrible chills and not being able to get warm again. I worked out much harder than normal today, and I've been painfully cold for the last four hours. Does anyone else have this problem? Any suggestions on how to avoid this?



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