why am i so cold after workout?
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I'm new (again) to working out. I've noticed that after I get home from working out, change into dry clothes (yes I'm working hard!), and settle down a bit, I'm having a hard time getting warm. My fingers especially seem cold, and sometimes this lasts for a few hours. I hunker under a blanket and end up taking a little nap after working out (which, while pleasant, means I get nothing done!) I live in a cold climate, and I always make sure to put a hat & coat on before I leave a workout. The house is the same temp as always. Is it just my body getting used to working out again? I admit I'm tall and my fingers and toes are a long way from the ol' ticker, but really? I'm generally a colder person, and my dad used to tell me it's because I have no blood, but I'm guessing I can chalk that up to teasingHappy Any ideas?

And yes, I know gloves will warm up cold fingers haha in advance!

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On the rare occasions that I’ve experienced similar circumstances (chilled to the bone even though my core temp was high), it was because I pushed my body to the point of overheating, which is a side effect of being dehydrated.

Ensure your hydration levels are high with water & you may be a good candidate to infuse a sports-drink in your sessions periodically.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 137k
3 years ago
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Are you hydrated enough? If you aren't hydrated you might be losing your sensations and that could be keeping you cold.

Dallass 40
3 years ago
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Congrats on working out (again!). Keep it up!
Sometimes I get cold too after I complete a hard workout because my sweat has gotten my clothes wet (I'm sweat a lot!) and by the time I get home my clothes have then gotten cold from the moisture soaking on them. Then my body has cooled off from the hard workout and I'm cold, BUT by the time I change into dry clothes at home or take a hot shower I'm usually back to normal. It sounds like your case is lingering for a while. Do you eat something once you get home?
I'm wondering if it wouldn't hurt to phone your physician and see what he/she thinks is going on.

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
3 years ago
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Well, if I put all those answers together, it all makes sense! I'm guessing I am pushing too hard, as I have declared all-out war on my bad health habits, but have probably neglected to hydrate enough. I always turn bright red working out (almost purple sometimes) but I always have...makes sense I could be overheating. I avoid sports drinks due to the artificial sweeteners in all I've found (my sister had cancer caused by artificial sweeteners...she is a type 1 diabetic and I was told not to have any at all. I'm clear of diabetes and want to keep it that way).

After reading all of your sage advice, I think I'll hydrate a bit more before working out, perhaps during my cardio as well, and drink more in general. Also going to change into dry clothes at the gym before the cold ride home.

I'm so grateful for this site and all the support. Where else on the net can you find such a positive, supportive site? Thanks to all...will let ya know how it goes!

Musicalmama 2.2k
3 years ago
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Hmmm. That's a possibility. I'm working on upping my water intake. I only drink about 2 quarts of water a day (aside from protein drink, milk, etc) ..trying to drink about twice that due to my current (ugh) weight. Thanks! I'll try to drink more and see what happens.

Musicalmama 2.2k
3 years ago
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Sounds like it may be hereditary. I don't have that problem after a workout but, I do after a long run outside in the winter. I have run in wind, rain, sleet, and snow in the dead of winter, and afterward my body is freezing and sore. I hop in a bath of warm to hot water for about 15 mins to warm up. It warms me up and helps any soreness. Just a thought. You can also hydrate with warm liquids as well.

MAGILLICUTY 4.8k
3 years ago
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How much water should you be drinking per day? The nutritionist I am working with uses a general guideline as follows. You should be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of pure water. So, if you weight 200 lbs you should be drinking a minimum of 100 ounces of water per day. This amount should increase by 8 ounces for every caffinated beverage you have. You should also increase the amount if you are working out hard which it sounds like you are.

lwells59 62
3 years ago
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Thanks everyone! Okay, I've put multiple answers to work. I'm changing completely at the gym (I didn't realize how sweaty I really was!) and putting my silly ol' hat on so I'm warm before I leave, I'm drinking at least 24 oz of water before and 24 oz during my workout, with another 16oz after during stretching/cooldown. Then I come home and have a protein shake and fix dinner (usually ready in 45 min or so). I'm not freezing anymore! So major thanks to everyone!!!!

Musicalmama 2.2k
3 years ago

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