Do you ever get an itchy sensation when you start a new cardio regimen or just get out and run one day? It starts as a small itchy sensation on the top of your quad that eventually spreads to your whole thigh and even abdomen. It is annoying and really gets in the way of your workout because all you want to do is stop and scratch, which makes it worse. And it is no surprise that the itchy areas are likely your biggest problem areas. Let me explain why. Inside our bodies are major blood vessels and smaller blood vessels called capillaries. There are millions of capillaries used as passageways for blood through our muscles and bodies. When you start a cardiovascular workout, your heart rate increases and begins to pump harder and increases blood flow. As a result, these capillaries begin to expand to allow greater blood flow to the muscles that are working. As these capillaries begin to expand it causes nearby nerves to send signals to the brain. These signals are new to that area since they have gotten little to no exercise and therefore required little blood flow. Our brain interprets these new signals as the need to itch. Annoying right? But don't worry, as your fitness improves the sensation should dissipate because you are in better shape. So once you start moving, and continue moving with regular cardio workouts you won't have to deal with the dreaded cardio itch. I have experienced this itch ever since junior high. I remember every Friday, it was the dreaded mile day in PE (physical Education). I would be super red and scratched up by the time I finished my mile. It always started with me noticing the fat on my legs literally jiggling and within minutes the fat would start itching. As I got older and fatter, especially in the stomach area, I started getting the glorious itching in my abdomen as well. You can see in this video how the shuffle burpees have my belly fat jiggling and super itchy. [wpvideo jndqxn8u] I recently set aside my heavy weights regimen and started on a cardio regiemen using a workout called T25 and sure enough, my legs and abdomen started itching. And I am not over weight. I just have not done high intensity cardio in a while. But I am not going to stop just because my fat is screaming at me, lol. Instead, I will push harder and grin and bare it. Within a week or so it stops. And the lesson learned is to always incorporate at least two days of intense cardio into my workout regimen. Focus T25 is the perfect 25 minute workout to get that done. Checkout my story if you want to see my whole journey with weight loss.
I am on day 18 of the Beachbody Ultimate Reset and have seen steady weight loss since Day 1. I started this process at 143.8 lbs. I am 5'6 so that is a totally healthy weight. The morning of day 17 I was 137.3 lbs. Today is day 18 and I am still 137.3 lbs. That being said, aunt flow started yesterday and is at her climax today. I usually gain about 3-4 lbs with my period from bloating and this happens every month. So the fact that I am the exact same weight is a really good sign. My periods usually last 5 days so I will be done with it the day after I finish the reset. I guess I will be completely flushed and detoxed. Nature's oil change, lol. I also did not experience any pre-menstrual spotting. I usually have spotting up to 7 days before my period of just brown discharge, sorry if TMI, but I did not have any this cycle. The second I saw spotting, I was full blown into my period within hours. Another great thing I have noticed with this period is that my cramps are very mild. I am notorious for crippling menstrual cramps but they are very mild......definitely not complaining. I am also not breaking out like I normally do with my period. I know that all of the symptoms I normally experience with my period are driven by hormones and being that I have a predisposition to PCOS, they drive that too. So needless to say this is a fabulous bonus. What I can conclude from this is that either the detoxing or clean diet are regulating and correcting my hormones. It is likely both. I can't wait to see where I end up with my weight at the end of the Ultimate Reset. I took pictures, measurements, and weight on Day 1 so I will share after I am done. Ciao I have had quite the weight loss journey, click here to check it out