When muscle cramping strikes during exercise, it can cripple even the best athlete. Simply put, cramps suck! Here are a few tips from Taylor to help you avoid cramping:
- Hydrate! Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs it to work properly and maintain overall good health. Remember that hotter temperatures increases sweat rate, which will increase fluid needs!
- Stretch! Regularly stretching your muscles may help prevent cramps or reduce their frequency.
- Roll it out! If you suffer from sore muscles after exercise, a foam roller can be the ideal workout buddy. Rolling before exercise can warm up your muscles and prepare them for strenuous activity, and a post-workout routine can help prevent cramps.
- Watch your diet! A muscle cramp may be telling you that you're not getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Try upping your intake of healthy fruits and vegetables and scale back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine, like coffee and chocolate. If that doesn't do the trick, ask your doctor if you need vitamin supplements. You have to eat enough of these key nutrients: potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. They’re called electrolytes, and you can find them in the following foods.