Muscle cramps are one of the most common issues affecting athletes and other individuals indulging in physical activity. So common is the problem, that there are teams of scientists and researchers around the world dedicated to understanding what causes cramps and if there is a cure for it. While no cure is expected any time soon in the near future, we know that it is possible to take the right steps to prevent muscle cramps from striking. Not only are muscle cramps very painful, they can be very disruptive for our daily life. Cramps can occur up to 6 hours after indulging in any physical activity and nobody likes to have a threat like that looming above their head after every time they workout or play a sport. Here are some top tips on how to prevent muscle cramps:
Regular physical activity
It may seem strange that the number one cause of muscle cramps is also the most highly recommended method to prevent it from occurring. However, there is no doubt that indulging in regular physical activity is the best way to keep muscle cramps at bay. When you take part in the best workout program, you ensure that your muscles stay in peak condition. This means, when you do exert your muscles for any reason, they are better able to cope with the stress. The muscles will use energy more effectively and balances the production of lactic acid. Contrary to popular belief, build-up of lactic acid is not responsible for causing muscle cramps. Muscles that are not used to being worked too much will cramp up when pushed to the limit.
The body loses an amazing amount of water during any kind of workout. It is very necessary to stay hydrated at all times. Do not depend upon generic recommendations on how much your fluid intake should be; it will vary depending upon your physique and the kind of activity you indulge in. Dehydration can lead to many problems, some of the severe. One of the most issues caused by dehydration is muscle cramps. It is imperative that your fluid intake be consistent and that you keep your body well hydrated during a workout. Not only will it help prevent muscle cramps during the workout, but also for six hours after the workout ends; a period when the muscles are still susceptible to cramping up.
Consult a doctor to determine nutrient deficiency
A rarer kind of muscle cramps is one that is bought on due to a deficiency in some vital nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium or potassium. Consulting a doctor will help you determine if nutrient-deficiency is the culprit behind the muscle cramps afflicting you. Though doctors can often prescribe medication to deal with such a nutrient deficiency, it is always more preferable to increase the nutrient levels in the body naturally, especially if you are someone who loves indulging in physical activities. Including food items like milk, eggs, fish and bananas in your everyday diet can go a long way to preventing muscle cramps.
Muscle cramps can strike anyone at anytime; even the healthiest and fittest of people. However, by taking the 3 simple steps mentioned here, you can drastically cut down the chances of having to suffer from muscle cramps.
This guest post is contributed by Miranda Donalds.