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.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bananas and Gatorade Won't Prevent Running Cramps - but this will . . .

If you think that a few bananas and a bottle of Gatorade is enough to prevent running cramps - think again.

Bananas are commonly thought of as a rich source of potassium - however it's not a deficiency of potassium that's most likely to lead to running cramps.

In fact it's the other major minerals such as calcium and magnesium that will provide more help.

Secondly, while bananas are a source of potassium, they are not the best or the only source. In fact many vegetables, kiwi fruit, melon, oranges and apricots are just as good or even better.

The Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide has a detailed information on the food sources of the major minerals and recommendations on the correct amounts to help you prevent those running cramps.

Likewise, when it comes to energy and hydration, you can do much better than a bottle of Gatorade. While certain popular sports drinks contain sugar for energy, they lack the necessary electrolyte minerals for long term and professional physical performance.

Natural sugars such as polysaccharides, monosaccharides and oligosaccharides - as found in fruit - are what's needed to get energy to the muscle cells and reduce your risk of muscle cramps and running cramps caused by fatigue.

The Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide is a great information resource on hydration techniques and ways to prevent fatigue.

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