In training for a marathon walk, I learned that walking w/your arms swinging at your sides causes the swollen fingers. Proper form has the forearm at a 90 degree angle (like a runner) which prevents the swelling. If this is hard, hold a string or stick between your hands to help keep hands up.
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Here in Las Vegas, temps max out at around 115 in the summer, but stay above 100 for most of June-September. To keep cool and hydrated during my summertime walks, I take a completely frozen bottle of water with me. It starts melting within about 5 minutes, so I have water available to drink when I need it. It continues to melt throughout my hour-long walk, giving me water continuously. And bonus, it cools down my hands and keeps the heat-induced swelling to a minimum!
Checking your own thyroid gland: 1. find the thyroid gland by putting your index and middle fingers on the Adams apple and above the sternum 2. sip water & tip head back 3. check for unusual enlargement or swelling stage 1--1 CM--size of pea; stage 2--2 CM--size of peanut; stage 3--3 CM--size of prune; stage 4--4 CM--size of lime
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