Help with Running Cramps

Running cramps, particularly running calf cramps, afflict everyone from the person going out for a morning jog, to elite athletes. And it's not just runners that get cramps they can be a factor in any sport - tennis, swimming, golf, cycling and triathlon. This site is dedicated to sharing ideas and information between sports people, athletes, health practitioners, anyone who enjoys training - for the best ways to prevent, avoid and treat muscle cramp.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Runners Hydration and Avoiding Hyponatremia

Runners Hydration and Avoiding Hyponatremia

The above link is a very good article on some of the dangers of overhydrating. Main point is to have some idea of how much fluid you lose during exercise.

Hyponatremia can happen when the electrolyte concentration in the blood gets low and the consequences range from reduced performance to even death.

Long distance runners ie marathoners, who over-hydrate and running in cooler climates where fluid loss can be less are important things to watch out for.

One of our recommendations is to hydrate with a good quality sports drink and then alternate your intake of sports drink and water during an event. Pre-race nutrition is also a key factor.

In the Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide we discuss this subject and electrolyte balance in great detail and it's well worth a read if you're looking to maximise your running performance and reduce the likelihood of cramping.


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