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muscle knots and tight calves

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My siblings and I all have a pretty athletic build in general, and that includes big calf muscles. Lately my calves have been seizing up after a hard workout. I get these knots in my muscles that are sore and they throb, while remaining tight for a few days.

I've been trying to remember to stretch a lot more than I usually do to avoid them. I've also started trying RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. My sister lent me a roller device called "The Stick" and I have to get one for myself to use at home.

I went hardcore on the elliptical yesterday afternoon (Calories per hour was up to 900!!) and maintained that for about 10 minutes straight. Today I can barely walk. I guess I need to learn more balance, but sometimes it feels good to really push yourself at the gym and I'm guilty of being really "gung ho" until I get hurt.

My sister said the elliptical is also very calf-intensive. I forgot how low impact it can be, while getting my heart rate up.

These knots in my legs are frustrating. They even affected me when I was on my honeymoon in Hawaii; we hiked a lot and I was really beat up halfway through our "vacation".
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    Thanks all. I got the stick and it helped a lot.
    2430 days ago
    The Stick is a must have. Try eating bananas, sometimes leg cramps are associated with low potassium. I suffer from calf cramps and aches too, just keep rolling.
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    2473 days ago
  • BILL60
    If you do it enough, you won't suffer as much.
    2473 days ago
  • no profile photo NYKIMMIE
    i have large calf's too,i stretch on a step,before during and after workout,they fill and become hard after working out,but the next day,they are normal emoticon
    2473 days ago
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