It's funny about the hydration. I noticed lately that I was getting side cramps when I would do my treadmill cardio and just thought it was because I had let my food digest enough, but now I really think it's my hydration. I found that if I don't drink a couple, or at least one, glass of water before the gym I get side aches. And yesterday when I started to get one I just chugged down some water and it disappeared!
Thanks for the tip!
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Can I come to the pool party? I'll bring margeritas (no salt b/c we are watching our sodium intake!) I've been cramping in my feet - actually feels like it's my toes - and I think it's a hydration issue b/c I forget to bring my water bottle to the pool w/ me. Will try that on Fri. and see what happens. Thanks for the great tips!
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You guys are my heroes!!! LoL! I am posting this thread to my favorites. I have got to remember all these great tips. I would love some tortilla chips with the avocado as well. Let's have a POOL PARTY!!! I'll bring the watermelon, Brooke brings the avocados, Foxenmom will bring tortilla chips, Aaron will bring water, Jenete will load us up on the sodium somehow, Mak can bring some bananas. Woo-Hoo!!!
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Cramps can also be caused by hormonal changes. Unfortunately during the 3rd trimester of both pregnancies I would get cramps for no apparent reason. I am more prone to them during different times of my cycle as well. Guys aren't exempt from them and tend to have a cycle of sorts. When doing the calf stretch with the toes, try the deep end and imagine your heel sinking and your toes floating but still pressing against the wall. This adds in a few foot muscles which are hard to stretch sometimes. Keep up the water intake and watch out for sports drinks. They can actually throw off your potassium/sodium balance.
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Netty- I had the worst leg cramp/charlie horse when I first started swimming in July. The soreness lasted for a good week and 1/2. Usually bananas and more potassium worked in the past but not this time. I had to modify my workouts and stretch after my warm up and cool-down. My favorite one for calf muscles can be done in the pool - just place toes on the wall with your heel on the floor of the pool it's similar to a calf stretch you might do out of the water but it uses the wall.
Also for me hydration plays a huge role in my cramps. I get side aches very easily if I haven't had enough water. Another thing the some team members mentioned when I was having this problem is to make sure that your sodium intake isn't above the recommended amount because that can block potasium absorbtion. I added that to my nutrition traker and found that monitoring that has helped also.
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Hi! I also experience horrendous leg and foot cramps. My Masters coach says 5 things contribute to cramping- number one being dehydration, lack of sleep, potassium or sodium imbalance, stress, and poor conditioning of these muscles. I personally require over 90 oz. of water a day to avoid cramping. If you are new to swimming, try to pay attention to these and give it some time and easy workouts to condition your legs and feet. Hope this helps!
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