|Two hours in, from the top of the trail|
Ever since I've taken up hiking, I've noticed a tingling in the hands for hikes lasting two hours or longer. Yesterday, after a two-month hiatus, I went out for three hours--a little over nine miles--and my mitts became noticeably swollen. The fluid retention ("edema") subsided shortly after returning to the car.
Per the Mayo Clinic:
Hand swelling during exercise is a fairly common problem. The cause isn't completely clear, but hand swelling appears to be a result of the way your body and blood vessels respond to the increased energy demands of your muscles during exercise.Hmm..maybe this is further evidence that the defendant in a famous trial was innocent. The hands of the killer, perhaps swollen from physical activity, presumably fit the bloody glove left at the scene. But in the courtroom the unswollen hands of the defendant, who had been seated for hours, were too big for the glove.