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This is weird, and it might just be me.  If I run in the cold and I haven't run for a few days, my fat itches like crazy!  What is that? and does it happen to anyone else?  After about 15 minutes of warming up and running, my thighs and spare tire start to itch, and if I scratch it - I can't stop scratching!  Seriously, what is that?!

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yes, that used to happen to me all the time when i was heavier...so confusing! sometimes it still happens to my butt and thighs, but now it's post-workout while i'm in the hot shower, it just itches like crazy.

i think you might be the first person ever to share this experience with me. 

Hi. I don't run, but I do have the same problem with my inner thighs when it's cold and I've been walking around outside. I believe it is a combination of dry skin and friction. I rub a good moisturizer on (which sometimes hurts depending on how long I've had the feeling). And that seems to help by the following day.

 

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I have also experienced this, usually its on my whole thigh area not just the inner part.  I think it has something to do with the heat/cold sweat.  But yes its really hard to walk fast and itch at the same time!

It could be because your heart is working harder and pumping your blood around harder and faster to power your muscles that more blood is also getting to your fat and making it itch (fat has loads of blood capillaries). 

This is just a theory though...  

I am not a trainer or a doctor, but I used to work at a womans only workout facility and the owner told the ladys that it had something to do with getting your blood circulating around the fat. She said it was a good thing.  I  don't know if she knew what she was talking about or not.  But it sounds like what singing_girl said so I wanted to second that opinion.
The reason why it itches is because you are now forcing circulation around capillaries, vains, etc... that wasn't in use before. The only way to get rid of it is to keep on exercising and using them consistently. The itchy feeling eventually goes away.
if it's cold weather related, use lotion. It's good for your skin this time of year, anyway. 
yay i was right :D

You are not alone! I live in Phoenix now, so I almost forgot about this, but when I visit home in NM and walk in the early mornings (when it's FREEZING) my inner thighs and sometimes my stomach will itch like CRAZY! My mom's a nurse and she says it has something to do with my circulation. I don't know what the cold has to do with it, but I never itch when I work out in Phoenix, but once it drops below 40 F I really notice it!

 

I thought I was a freak :) 

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*phew!* I am glad I'm not a tooootal weirdy

Thanks for all the feedback!  My husband was making fun of me.  But he doesn't hold the fat like I do, so he didn't experience it ever.  Now I just have to exercise outside more.  Usually I'm in the gym where it's nice and warrrrrm.  :)

 Thanks again, folks!

 

Happens to me too---rub on a good unscented lotion like cetaphil, scent is an irritant.  Also, select clothing with the fewest seams, like good yoga pants.  And keep exercising! 
Original Post by singing_girl:

It could be because your heart is working harder and pumping your blood around harder and faster to power your muscles that more blood is also getting to your fat and making it itch (fat has loads of blood capillaries). 

This is just a theory though...  

That is funny... I heard on Oprah  by Dr Oz that fat does not have blood capillaries and that is why fat burns less calories than muscle.  I have heard that several places. 

I would suggest the itch is from the skin capillaries being sensitive to the cold.  I used to get that when I skated outdoors, and I was anything BUT overweight back in those days. Dress warmer.

I believe that is some kind of allergy.... I had a friend who could not tolerate rapid temperature changes.  If she got in a hot shower she would break out in hives!

It is annoying but normal!  I too get very itchy when I walk/run in the cold.

I have the itching too. Even when I use the eliptical inside although it is much worse outside in the cold. I tried to find something about it on the internet and couldn't. Therefore, I also thought it was just me. Thanks you all for being here to make me feel "normal".
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