Ouch! Hopping around my bedroom in the middle of the night rubbing my calf, hoping the pain will diminish soon. Leg cramps are a painful wake-up call at night or while on a long drive, or in a plane.
According to the Mayo Clinic, night leg cramps usually involve your calf muscles. However, sometimes your thighs and feet can cramp as well. Most of the time these cramps are harmless. But sometimes they are associated with disorders such as Type 2 Diabetes and Hypothyroidism.
The most common leg cramps are the “Charlie Horse”. They are generally caused at night by an electrolyte imbalance. Lack of potassium, magnesium and calcium often cause the cramps. Most cramping muscles can be averted by proper electrolyte balances, high levels of anti-oxidants and optimizing nutrient levels.
Work outs need to be consistent. Think of working out, walking or whatever your exercise is, as part of your job. Something you do every day. If you are consistent with your workouts, then you can avoid the “weekend warrior” syndrome.
Restless Leg Syndrome is usually vascular in origin caused by not enough blood circulation. It has been suggested that increasing Vitamin E and Magnesium can be helpful in alleviating Restless Leg Syndrome since Vitamin E and Magnesium have been found to increase circulation.
Should you overwork you muscles to the point of a strain, then you need to be aware of how much the muscle is strained. If the muscles are swelling, apply ice for relief. If the muscle is not swelling, use moist heat. Should the muscle be injured to the point of being pulled from the bone, you need to see a physician and be careful not to repeat this overwork of your muscles.
So keep your nutrients high, drink electrolyte rich fluids, and be consistent in your workouts, walks and playing sports. Have fun, but protect your muscles!