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Ask Dr. Salada: Why do I feel flushed 2 minutes into a workout?

Today’s health question comes from a Total Gym Facebook Fan:

Q:  “Why do I feel heat coming from my face after only two minutes on the Total Gym? ~ Evangelist

A: The reason that your face feels hot just a few minutes into a workout is because the Total Gym is such an effective piece of equipment that you immediately notice the common effects of exercise after starting your routine. Exercise naturally causes a rise in the body’s temperature and blood pressure. In response to this normal reaction, the blood vessels in our body dilate as a way for us to dissipate heat. The blood vessels in our face are very close to the skin’s surface, so as we work out, the face can feel warm and even look “flushed” in response to exercise. Because of the heat generated during exercise, it’s important to drink plenty of water and dress comfortably to keep the body cool. Of course, always check with your doctor if your face feels hotter than normal, or if you get more flushed that usual during your exercise session. These could be signs that your blood pressure is too high or that you should be evaluated before continuing with your exercise routine. Always check with your doctor if you have any concerns about your exercise program.

Keep enjoying your Total Gym and here’s to achieving “the best of health!”

Until next time,
Elizabeth Salada, MD

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Dr. Salada is board certified in Internal Medicine and has been in practice in San Diego since 1996. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University where she received high honors in Family Practice and Internal Medicine. Her final training was obtained from Pennsylvania State University where she completed her residency in Internal Medicine.

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