Now if you are an athlete of any sort, you know how terrible the feeling of a muscle cramp is. There are tons of articles out there that might tell you quick fix ways to stop your cramping in the moment. I’ll tell you those plus how you might be able to fix muscle cramping and get rid of it once and for all. Now, it is not a promise that they will forever be gone if you do these things once, but if you continually use these methods and advice, it might lessen the risk of you getting a muscle cramp.
For me, I know I’ve had many cramps throughout all of my years of weightlifting and back in my high school basketball glory days. Had I know any of what I know today, I would probably have saved many days of frustration and coaches/friends yelling at me to push through. I have studied years to become an athletic trainer – those people who run on the field to help your favorite athletes when they get hurt and help rehab them following injury – so these are some things I have implemented with my athletes and in my own exercising.
Cramping is your body telling you either your muscles are overworked or in need of something. Sometimes, you might even get a muscle spasm when all you are trying to do is sleep, so you might not be overworked, but it is a signal from your body asking for help. If you’ve ever had a muscle cramp/spasm (and since you are reading this, you obviously have has some sort of cramping before) you know how painful these can be. Muscle cramps are sudden involuntary contraction of musculature in your body. We have 650 different muscles in our body, so unfortunately these contractions can happen anywhere, however it is most common to happen in the lower legs – your calf in particular.