Muscle cramps during exercise

June 1, 2009 RENU

 Muscle cramps are common during exercise, and can be caused by factors including dehydration, not stretching properly, and fatigued muscles.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these guidelines for treating and preventing muscle cramps:

  • Always warm up before exercising, including before stretching.
  • Properly stretch your calves, hamstrings and quadriceps.
  • Stretch gently — never to the point where you feel pain.
  • If you get a muscle cramp, stop what you are doing.
  • Gently stretch out and massage a cramped muscle to help relax it.
  • Treat tense or tight muscles with heat, and sore muscles with cold.
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Entry Filed under: Exercises

One Comment Add your own

  • 1. Electrolytes and Muscle Cramps  |  August 25, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    One way to prevent cramps is to make sure your muscles have enough electrolytes. They make electrolyte drinks that can restore electrolytes to your muscles and prevent cramping.


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