Running Cramps

by Alison Cole - Date: 2007-01-25 - Word Count: 259 Share This!

As people are becoming conscious about their health, they recognize the importance of exercise to maintain a healthy body. These exercises include skipping, jogging, brisk walking and running. Cramps are caused by excessive physical exertion that can strain muscles. Another reason that may cause cramps is dehydration. Cramps may occur due to a magnesium deficiency and possibly potassium. There are different theories attributed to the reason some get muscle cramps while running. Many people exercise on a regular basis to keep themselves fit and healthy. Some believe that cramps can occur when a person does not run on a regular basis. There are multi vitamins minerals that are known to sooth cramps.

Cramps can be related to other factors like what you eat and how you breathe when you run. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before you run and while you are running. Bananas are also a good fruit to eat before or during your run. As far as breathing goes, take good deep breaths as you run to allow plenty of oxygen to enter your runs. Run a course that you can handle. Don't overdo it. You can start slow and advance to miles, but overdoing it might prevent you from running at all. Also, make sure that you do a complete stretching program before you begin your run. This really helps to avoid cramping and serious injuries. Any cramping will usually subside on their own, but if you're having trouble, try massaging the cramping area or apply heat to the muscle that is bothering you.

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