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What’s the Reason Behind Your Swollen Hands & Feet

If you experience sudden swelling in the hands or feet, there is no need to worry as it is a common occurrence due to fluid retention in the body. At times hormonal changes may also be responsible for the same. In this article, we will decode 5 reasons why you might have swollen ankles and puffy hands.

Injury

Injuries, both acute and chronic, to the hands and feet can cause them to swell. A common injury is a sprained ankle or wrist. You can minimize this swelling by resting the injured ankle or not using the injured hand too much. You can even use ice packs or compression as a treatment by wrapping the hand or foot with a compression bandage. Elevating the foot on a stool or pillow will also relieve some pain.

Pregnancy 

Swollen ankles and feet are an inevitable part of pregnancy. It typically begins in the second trimester and may get worse as the pregnancy progresses. The body produces a hormone relaxin which causes the pelvic, foot joints and ligaments to relax and enlarge. Using compression socks will provide relief. Though swelling in pregnancy is nothing to worry about, you must consult a doctor if the swelling comes rapidly as it could be a sign of preeclampsia.

High Salt Consumption

The human body maintains a delicate balance of water and salt that is easy to disrupt. The kidneys remove the toxins and unwanted fluids from the body and send them to the bladder. If you consume too much salt, it will be harder for the kidneys to remove the unwanted fluid, thus leading to water retention in the body. It may collect in certain areas of the body like feet and hands. Following a low-sodium diet helps in restoring the proper balance of water and salt.

Hot Weather

If you are suddenly exposed to unusually hot temperatures, you can experience swollen hands and feet. The body pushes the warm blood towards the skin surface where it cools down by sweating, however, on hot and humid days, this process may not work properly. The fluid might instead accumulate in the hands instead of evaporating through sweat. Sitting in cool areas will help in relieving some of the swelling.

Heart, Liver, or Kidney Disease

Sometimes swelling in hands and feet could indicate a heart, liver or kidney disease. If the ankles swell in the evening, it could be a sign of salt and water retention due to right-sided heart failure. Liver disease affects the production of a protein called albumin which is responsible for keeping the blood from leaking out of the blood vessels into the surrounding tissue. Inadequate albumin production can lead to fluid leakage and gravity can cause the fluid to accumulate more in the feet and ankles, resulting in a swollen ankle. When kidneys don’t function properly, it will lead to the build-up of fluid in the body.

Once you determine the reason behind the swelling, you can take the necessary action, like using compression gloves if you have swollen fingers.



Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

The Cost Of Fitness

All things being equal, the amount of money that you are able to devote to getting and then staying fit shouldn’t make that much of a difference. After all, fitness is about the simple conversion of energy into output, and being able to maintain that for as long as possible. So it’s reasonable to assume that if you can run (or even just walk), then you don’t need to spend a fortune on maintaining your fitness.

Don’t need to… but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to. When you come to take your fitness regime seriously, it tends to only be a matter of time before you find yourself seduced by options. Sure, you could run in any old sneakers, but wouldn’t it be better to invest in a pair that’s going to support your feet that little bit more? And yes you could juice by hand (if you don’t mind a lot of pulp, bits and wastage…), but why not invest in a better result using the likes of a Super Angel 5500 juicer instead? And then the biggest financial suck of them all: should you workout at home, or let a gym membership encourage you to maintain your fitness?

It would be unreasonable to try and pretend that not spending money on fitness doesn’t make a difference. We might wish it wasn’t the case but, generally, if you invest more financially then you stand to get more out of it.

However… it’s by no means necessary for you to spend a lot of money to get fit. It might help, give you an edge, but it’s not going to be able to change the simple biology that powers fitness. You’re still going to be able to get fit no matter how much you have to invest into it – you might just have to work a little harder!

Even if you do have the funds to spend and are inclined to do so, it’s worth asking if you really have to. As a general rule, always try the cheapest method of exercising, diet changes or equipment purchase first. Only when you’re satisfied that something is missing from that should you be tempted to spend more money.

However, whether you can or can’t afford to splurge, there are a few basic golden rules to keep in mind:

#1 Money Does Not Equal Fitness

Just because you invest in great workout gear doesn’t mean that you’re going to be fitter for it. Don’t persuade yourself that you’ve done your bit in focusing on your fitness; now you need to put that gear to use.

#2 Try Before You Buy

Whether you have a lot to spend or a little, trying before you buy is a good principle to stick to. If possible, have a sample of a gym before signing up to a membership. Don’t just assume something is going to be great because they claim it is.

#3 Sell On What Doesn’t Work For You

If you invest in a piece of exercise equipment and then find it doesn’t work for you, then don’t put it in the attic and forget about it. Sell it on, then you can use the funds raised to invest in something that might actually work for you.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

The New Reebok Harmony Road Running Shoe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reebok. All opinions are 100% mine. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

When it comes to running shoes, I’m beyond picky. The right running shoe can help prevent you from various aches and pains. Like shin splints, plantar fasciitis, black toenails, etc. It can also weigh you down, change your footstrike, and lessen the impact of whatever surface you may be running on. Whether you’re a walker or a runner, you only have one pair of feet, and you need to take care of them. Which means paying attention to the shoes you put on them, here’s why I’m loving the Reebok Harmony Road Running Shoe.
Growing up, the importance of properly fitting shoes was always stressed to me. When I became heavily involved in running, it amplified even more, but I understand why. They’re the first thing to lessen the impact while running, but if they’re not right can cause an injury. I mean everywhere you go, your feet take you there, and since it’s the only feet you get; you need to take care of them. Thankfully Reebok has taken this all into consideration when designing their latest running shoe.

Reebok has always kind of been an underdog in running shoes. Many overlook them, but I’ve yet to try a pair that I didn’t love. My first pair of shoes that were only for running – back eight years ago – were Reebok, and it’s the brand I find myself go back to here and there. So when Reebok was looking for runners to try out their new Harmony Road Running Shoe, I was excited to see what they had come up with.

I’ve been testing out the shoes for about a week now, and I’m thrilled with them. I’m picky about my shoes, and even more so when they’re “road” shoes. They’re typically like cement blocks, and prevent your ankle from moving naturally. Something I learned the hard way when I stressed fractured my ankle a couple of years ago. Since I’m breaking them in, I’m wearing them most of the day, and can honestly say they’re one of the most comfortable running shoes I’ve had in a long time.

They’re super lightweight, have plenty of cushion with a shock-absorbing midsole, and have a sturdy outsole. Since they help stabilize and balance your foot, they’re perfect for the trail. Plus because of how light they are they’re great for fast intervals on the track.

The Harmony Road Running Shoe is super comfortable is because of how it’s made. The shoe is made from a synthetic mesh making it breathable, and the SmoothFuse upper is lightweight and won’t cause irritation. The midsole has a Kooshlan TPU foam that helps absorb shock and creates a more natural movement. Plus as you can tell in the picture above, they have a low-cut design allowing your ankles to move naturally, instead of restricting them.

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If you’re an avid Runner’s World reader like me, then you may have seen them named as one of Runner’s World 2017 Best Debut. It’s not hard to see why. The most important part of a running shoe is how it helps you run. The sole of the shoe is super flexible helping it to flex with your foot instead of against it. Making the transition from heel to toe nice and smooth, and more importantly; very natural.

If you’re looking for a natural ride running shoe that will hold up on the trail or the road and can be worn on the track. The Reebok Harmony Running Shoe might just be for you. To learn more and buy click here

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Guest Post : Choosing the Right Gear For Runners

Back at it again with another guest post. This one has been in the works for a while, but it’s been worth it. Buying the right gear no matter your choice of exercise is important, but today we’re focusing on runners. If you’re wearing the improper clothes and/or shoes, a lot of things can happen. Chafing, blisters, and with improper shoes, a thousand things could happen. However, this little guide by Samantha should make choosing the right gear for runners pretty easy.

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