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, September 13, 2006

How to prevent, ease leg cramps & running cramps

How to prevent, ease running cramps and leg cramps

Muscle cramps occur when the muscle forcefully and involuntarily contracts very quickly. Also referred to as a "Charley Horse," cramps are more common in muscles that span two joints with the quadriceps, hamstrings and calves being the most likely to cramp suddenly.

Leg cramps and running cramps from exercise can be caused by a number of things:

1. Poor hydration - many people simply don't drink enough water and if you drink only when you're thirsty, it's too late!

2. Poor stretching and flexibility habits.

3. Pushing too hard to quickly may lead to cramping - especially at the beginning of a new training program and at the end of a long season of competition and physical activity.

4. Mineral deficiencies - major minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium could easily be causing a problem. Recommended daily allowances should be followed for correct intake.

5. Poor eating habits - fast food contains little in the way of minerals and natural sugars needed for energy and contains artificial compounds that may be associated with an increased risk of muscle fatigue and failure.

6. Heat - training in hot climates can lead to increased muscle fatigue and loss of fluid - take precautions including increasing hydration and energy intake

When a muscle cramps try the following: massage and then stretch the affected muscle. You could even apply heat to help promote blood flow.

The Ultimate Cramp Busting Guide has detailed strategies for training, stretching, flexibility, nutrition and healthy eating, massage & pressure points that will help you prevent and eliminate running cramps and muscle cramps completely and forever.

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