My daily workouts are extremely strenuous.
The majority of my exercises involve my legs. I sometimes jump rope for a full hour. I typically include lunges, burpees, squats and jumping jacks in the training session. I like to go for long runs or bike rides. Over the past year, I’ve started to have problems with pain in my calves. While they might feel a bit sore during the day, they especially bother me at night. One or other or even both calves with cramp. The pain keeps me awake at night. I’m sure the muscles are overworked, but I am unwilling to quit working out. I’ve done some research and found a few strategies to lessen the issue. I now devote more time to thoroughly stretching all the muscles of my legs at the beginning and end of a workout. During the warmup, I am concentrating heavily on loosening up my calves and preparing my legs for the work ahead. At the conclusion of the workout, I am paying closer attention to my cool down and including a deeper and more targeted stretch. I am drinking a lot more water. I have read that muscle cramping can be the result of dehydration. I sweat heavily as I train and am not always conscientious about good hydration habits. I’ve gotten in the habit of carrying water around with me all day. I take turmeric and magnesium capsules, both of which are supposed to help fight inflammation. While all of these efforts have made a slight improvement, I’ve found that sleeping with heating pads wrapped around my calves is the most helpful. The heat works to relax the muscle and avoid cramping.
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