The muscles will contract and you will have the
feeling of stiffness and soreness. Muscle cramps can be caused by
anything to extreme conditions which causes the muscles to contract
and relax. Muscle cramps can come up while you're exercising. Stop
don't try to run through doing so increases your chances of seriously
injuring the muscle.
When you get a cramp try to message the
cramped muscle with one hand while you gently squeeze towards the
center of the muscle try to feel how its contracted and stretch it in
the opposite direction. Once the cramp passes don't start exercising
Walk for a few minutes to get the blood flowing back into the muscle then
gradually return to the original activity and pace. Muscle cramps can
sometimes be caused by a lack of potassium try eating a banana.
Bananas are rich in potassium see if this helps to keep the cramps
If you know you have overworked your muscles
try and take a cold shower this will help to help prevent swelling and
soreness. You can try cold packs for twenty minutes at a time every
hour. Cold helps prevent muscle soreness by constricting the blood
vessels which will reduce blood flow and thus inflammation in the
Using a heating pad or hot water bottle is
the worst thing for sore muscles. Because it opens up blood vessels
and increases circulation to the area and can increase muscle soreness
and stiffness especially if applied during the first twenty four hours
after the strenuous activity.
After three or four days when the swelling and soreness is gone you can
resume some heat to help relax the muscles. When you start to exercise
again make sure to stretch slowly for twenty minutes.
One of the best remedies for sore muscles is
swimming. The cold of the water helps reduce inflammation and
stretches them out and relieves soreness. The best way to keep from
getting muscles is to warm up properly.
Make sure to drink plenty of water to help prevent dehydration. Muscle
cramps can be caused by lack of fluids so make sure to drink plenty of
water before working out.