Ask the experts: What can I do for muscle cramps?

I often get cramps in my muscles after exercising, what can I do? Natasha, 54

There are several causes of cramp. It could be as simple as the type of shoes you are wearing, so make sure they are supportive and correct for your feet. Stretching your leg muscles will help too. Aim to do a little routine every morning or evening, stretching out hamstrings, quads, calves, hip flexors and gluteals. If you can buy a foam roller or book a sports massage this will help with any specific muscle tightness. Increasing the amount of time you exercise gradually is key too.  Finally, make sure you have good hydration, nutrition and sleep patterns as all these can affect your stress response and so cause cramps.

 

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