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H0KIE_GIRL SparkPoints: (3,588)
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7/5/14 2:23 P

Certain nutrient imbalances can cause cramps as well especially potassium but before doing any supplements its always best to consult a doctor

KASTRA Posts: 369
7/4/14 2:37 P

I do just about all my indoor exercise barefoot. Yesterday, I did Coach Nicole's Jumpstart video which was constant jumping. Everyone was gone from the office so I kicked off my heels. The floor in my office is carpeted, but it's thin industrial carpet. I was doing a lot of the modifications, though; I'm not quite up to par enough to do the full deal without breaking a serious sweat yet (not something I was looking for there - I'll sweat buckets at home but not in my work clothes where I can't change - I just wanted a quick cardio burst to supplement home biking later last night).

At home, my typical workout spot is on a plush throw rug which is over ceramic tile for floor type deals, or biking on my stationary. (Saving for a treadmill but I'd wear shoes on that.)

I'm practically married to my heels! Most of the folks around me are quite tall; my 11-year-old boy is almost caught up to me. Hate the thought of giving people neckaches to try to look at little (height-wise) me.

Are there any specific stretches or exercises I could focus on to offset that? I could maybe reduce the heel height a little, but not sure I'm prepared to drop to flats completely.

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7/4/14 2:25 P


What sorts of exercises are you doing barefoot ? When I was doing kick boxing at a martial arts studio, I was always barefoot. But, I was not barefoot on a hard surface. We had special mats to protect our feet from high impact types of exercises like jumping jacks or jumping.

When I did yoga, I was barefoot. but once again, I was using a mat.

What type of surface do you workout on ? If you're doing jumping jacks barefoot at home, a carpet may not be providing your feet with enough protection.

So, yes, there is a possibility that some of your cramping could be related to the shoes you are wearing or the lack of shoes. which is it ? hard to say.

but once again, this is just a guess since we really don't know anything about you.

KASTRA Posts: 369
7/4/14 2:17 P


I do wear heels. I'm short stuff - just 5'2" - and the lowest heel I have (other than workout shoes) is probably about 1.5". My normal work shoes are 2.5-3" heels, except for when I need to go hike around our facility workfloor when I have to change into steeltoe boots (looking for a pair with heels, lol).

Um...heh. I like to exercise barefoot. Should I not do that?

Edited to Add: When I go walking or anything outdoors, I have a pair of walking/running shoes I got fitted for. If it happens with that kind of exercise, it's usually at the end when I'm cooling down, stretching, or 10-15 minutes after I'm done.

Edited by: KASTRA at: 7/4/2014 (14:25)
KASTRA Posts: 369
7/4/14 2:15 P

When I'm on my exercise bike, I usually start slow and work into it for 5 minutes or so before speeding up. Usually anywhere between 10-30 minutes (I either do 3 or so short workouts when schedule/time gets away from me, but prefer one good long workout. On weekends like this one, I might exercise an hour or two if I can; I'd planned to go to the track and do a good, long walk/run session tomorrow. It typically happens within the first ten minutes of exercise. Yesterday, I had just done Coach Nicole's Jumpstart Bootcamp video, so did the warmup she built in, the workout, her stretching, and then was doing a bit more stretching because I still felt more tension in my muscles than I prefer.

Hydration varies. I'll admit that I'm sometimes a bit spacey and might enter into exercise on the shy side, mainly on weekends, although it happened all through the week. Yesterday I was well hydrated, though; I'd already had 6 or 7 cups of water at that point, and after the video drank another cup or so before stretching some more.

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7/4/14 2:13 P


Do you wear high heels ? One thing I've noticed is that when women go from wearing heels for work to wearing cross trainers or sneakers for workouts, they end up with cramps in their calves. Wearing heels not only places stress on a woman's feet, but also on the Achilles tendon as well as their calf muscles.

So, if you are wearing heels, you might consider wearing a lower heel and see if that helps. I suspect that transitioning from high heels to workout shoes might be a possible cause.

That's just a theory. I would also ask if you are doing a warm up prior to your workouts as well as any cool down or stretches at the end ? continuously tight calves would cause problems long term.

And one more thing, what are you wearing for workout shoes ? If you're wearing old shoes that have lost their support, it's time for new shoes. Wearing old shoes can also cause problems.

just a few thoughts

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,753
7/4/14 2:06 P

Are you doing a good warm up before your exercise? Are you well-hydrated before you start? How long are your workouts? Are you drinking water during activity?

Coach Jen

KASTRA Posts: 369
7/4/14 1:53 P

Lately - the last week or so - every time I exercise, I get cramps in my calf about halfway through. It's almost always in my left calf. To avoid them turning into full cramps, I have to stop and rest my foot flat and stand still so my foot is exactly perpendicular to my leg. Trying to stretch my calf just then is very painful, but letting the muscle relax by letting my toe point more results in a full-on Charley Horse. Yesterday, I didn't get the cramp all through my workout but at the end when I was stretching (seated forward bend) with my shoes off, I actually saw why I have to rest my foot flat (just flexing my foot doesn't do it). My third and fourth toes were spasming tight together and bending under as if someone were squeezing them together and bending them under. Confused by what I was seeing, I didn't move fast enough and got a full Charley Horse. Still some residual ache today.

Holiday weekend and all so can't call the doc, so thought I'd check here if it's a common deal? I've had other muscle spasm issues in random parts of my body in the past to the point that my doctor ran full bloodwork and MRI to check for autoimmune/nervous system disorders. All checked out fine and we thought it might be muscle weakening / imbalances. For some time once I started exercising, that seemed to be the case because those issues have decreased considerably. Until this week when it's back with a vengeance.

I hoped to get a good bit of exercise in this long, warm holiday weekend and hoped there's a simple answer someone might know?

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