I have really gotten some killer leg cramps when I am in bed. First it is more of a tingling feeling, but then the cramp starts to get so painful and I am desperate for relief. Finally, after a mini massage to my calves the leg starts feeling better and I can either go back to sleep or get up and start my day.
What causes these leg cramps? It can be a temptation to over exercise because you want to lose weight as quickly as possible, right? All that exercise can lead to dehydration and painful muscle cramps.
Try doing a few exercises at a time and do a few sets. Bring your water bottle with you or a sports drink such as Gatorade. ™
Other causes of leg cramps may include:
• Prolonged standing on a hard surface
• Medications such as birth control pills, diuretics, steroids, or statins
• Low Levels of Calcium and Magnesium
• Kidney Problems
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Restless Leg Syndrome
It’s fine and dandy to know what causes leg cramps, but the big question is how do you get rid of them? Here are some more ideas to cope with annoying leg cramps:
Gradually Increase Exercise Time
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get all gung-ho about some new exercise that delivers fast results in a short amount of time. Of course, I should know better, but too often I jump on the exercise fast bandwagon and end up with leg cramps to show for it.
If you want to step up your exercise, do it gradually and then check your pain level. You may need to wait a while to ramp up to the next level if you’re in pain.
There’s nothing that feels better, at least in my opinion, than a nice hot shower to calm those muscle pains. It’s a win-win situation. The hot water soothes aching leg cramps and you needed to take a shower for hygiene anyway, so that is a winner in my book.
Ice can also help painful cramps, but don’t apply it directly to your skin. Use a towel or other cloth in between to avoid ice burns.
Perform Stretches Every Day
Stretch your calves daily especially at bedtime. It only takes a few minutes and to sleep without leg cramps waking you up would be well worth it.
Ride An Exercise Bike
If you are not used to regular exercise, your muscles and ligaments can contract and spasm, and you may feel stiff and sore. When you ride an exercise bike, it improves flexibility of your leg muscles, and can also help with low-back pain caused by muscle strain.
Talk to Your Doctor
A good first step is to talk to your doctor about your exercise plan and see what he recommends. You want to make sure that you don’t have any underlying problems that could get worse if you exercise too much.
Make painful leg cramps a thing of the past, and start enjoying better health today!