NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Exercise and Fitness
Legs burning while walking
While I am walking/running, either on a treadmill or outdoors, my legs start to burn. They get hot and start itching intensely. It seems to do this most when I pick up the pace and start walking/running within my target heart rate zone. The discomfort stops after I cool down. What causes this and is there anything that can be done to prevent this problem?
Exercisers are prone to numerous skin problems caused by increased moisture, heat, or friction. Elements such as cold, sunlight, and infection may also aggravate the skin. Sweating is one of the most common causes of sports-related skin disorders. Wet skin promotes the production of otherwise normal skin bacteria and other microscopic organisms. For some individuals, by keeping the skin dry, clean, and protected can sometimes alleviate the symptoms. If your problem persists, I would discuss it with your personal physician.
Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati