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    My legs itch like crazy when i walk briskly. I just got in from a walk (i tried to jog-managed a few mn.) and i was itchin so bad! People probably thought i had bugs!
    It happens whether it's cold out or hot.

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    It happens to me too, when doing cardio. I wondered if it wasn't blood circulation myself. Interesting question!

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    yessss... it drives me crazy

    it's only when walking though..it never happens when I'm on the elliptical.

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    It happens to me sometimes too, mostly though when I've let some time pass w/out exercise and start back up. Once I get going a few days with consistant exercise it goes away for me.

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    Yea, when i'm on the elliptical it never bothers me. Only when i walk fast ot jog. My jogging IS walking really fast........LOL

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    LOL HL.. mine too!

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    I agree.It only happens when walking no other time when Im on my bike or at the gym on the eliptical.Weird huh.

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    I used to have this problem awhile back but not anymore. I found this info on thewalkingsite.com


    Why do my legs itch when I walk?

    There are several possible causes of itchy legs while walking. This seems to be a common complaint in new walkers and it has been suggested that the itching may be due to poor circulation. If this is the case the itching normally subsides as your body gets more activity.

    Of course the most common cause of itchy legs is dry skin. In the winter dry skin can really be a problem. You may itch when you're not exercising, but sweating intensifies the problem. Simply apply a moisturizer to your legs before exercising. Use products that are free of perfumes and dyes.

    Some soaps, detergents, fabrics, etc. can cause a slight allergic reaction. Once again you may not really notice this until you are walking and sweating. If you are using a new product (bath soap, lotion, laundry detergent, etc) that could be the culprit. Also be sure you are wearing breathable fabrics to reduce chances of a heat rash.

    If the itching persists, you develop a rash, or have additional symptoms you should contact a physician.

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    It seems to be as mentioned above, a phenomenon that occurs due to poor circulation during cardiovasciolar exercising. It generally has to do with the elevated temperature while working out, and possibly dry skin during the winter months. Mosturing, prior to working out could help, and it should also generally subside as the circulation gets better with time.

    But another possiblity is cholinergic urticaria (These are hives induced by chemicals released during sweating or exercise. You can prevent these by taking an antihistamine 30-60 minutes before you exercise), which can incude lesions appearing after the initial itching subsides. It is a fairly common condition.

    Note: This is from information found on searches that I did.
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    My hands also itch and swell but the itching is terrible.


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    It is your circulation flowing. Swelling in the hands indicate you need to hold arms parallel to ground and pump them while walking. Holding them down for any period of time forces fluid and blood into them and makes it hard to circulate. Muscles are stretching blood and latic acid circulating through them and your tendons promoting flexibility will cause itching sensation until the body gets used to constant exercise. It is not uncommon. Keep up the brisk walking! Good job! Don't forget to stretch even when sore. Help get rid of latic acid and promote the rebuilding of stronger muscles during restinb periods. Not stretching during resting periods will make muscle fibres heal shorter which hinders flexibility and increases odds of injury. during workout.

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    Interesting, thanks to those of you who gave us answers. I used to get it when I wouldn't work out for a few months and take it back up and start itching this is how I knew it had been awhile!!!
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    If it was simply due to circulation or dry skin.. why wouldn't it happen when I'm on the elliptical machine? I don't apply lotion beforehand and my HR gets higher faster and stays elevated longer.

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    On the elliptical there is no impact. Your feet dont actually hit the ground, your feet go round and round but stay planted on the elliptical pedals. There is a big difference. It happens to me on the treadmill, whereas, not on elliptical. Try it out. A brisk walk/jog after a long break will many times result in this itchiness.

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    On the elliptical there is no impact. Your feet dont actually hit the ground, your feet go round and round but stay planted on the elliptical pedals. There is a big difference. It happens to me on the treadmill, whereas, not on elliptical. Try it out. A brisk walk/jog after a long break will many times result in this itchiness.

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    That was kind of my point, ukgirl (why am i having such a hard time finding a way to word that so that it doesn't sound catty??)

    I think it has more to do with the impact of the exercise rather than increased circulation or dry skin because either way my circulation is increased and my skin's hydration remains constant. The only difference is the impact.

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    Keep up the excercise. I used to run cross country in high school, but during college I started getting headaches when I excercised too vigorously. Now when I run for about 5 minutes I have this intense itchiness in my legs, sides and buttocks. I think it is related to the sudden increase in bloodflow, because if I keep running it goes away after about 10 minutes or so. Maybe when you do elliptical there is a more gradual increase in blood flow and the blood vessels have time to adjust. It's just a guess, but seems reasonable.
    In support of the sudden circulation increase theory, I once had this happen at the beach. I went into the water and it was a bit cold. After a few minutes, I felt insanely itchy all over. I couldn't figure out what it was. It was not sand irritation and it didn't happen the next day at the same beach. I think it was just my feeble circulatory system trying to warm me up. So take heart. When you excercise, warm up slowly, get through the itchy period and enjoy the rest of your run. I can't say if it will go away as you get more fit, but I'm right there with you hoping that it will!

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