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The real reason you get muscle cramps after a run

Muscle cramps aren’t only annoying; they can pop up unexpectedly! Here’s how to prevent and soothe them.

If the names Anne Dubndidu, Finn Vogler and Scott Jurek sound familiar, then we bet you love to run. However, while running may be a wonderful way to stay in shape, it can leave you with uncomfortable muscle cramps. Read on to learn what causes them and how to alleviate them.

Why you get muscle cramps during a run

Muscle cramps can be caused by a variety of factors: dehydration, a loss of electrolytes, or simply not stretching before a workout. Cramps that develop after a run generally occur because running is an intense physical activity. It requires lots of energy and causes a buildup of toxins and waste byproducts in your muscles.

How to prevent and soothe muscle cramps

To prevent muscle cramps after a workout, sports physician Dr. Lebar says that the best way to help your body recover is to follow the mantra of “rest, hydration, and proper nutrition.”

Rest: Right after your run, take the time to stretch, and wait about 15 minutes before taking a shower. This allows your body temperature to return back to normal gradually and naturally, and won’t cause excess stress on your body.

Hydration: Drink water after your run and massage on an oil or emulsion rich in topical sodium and magnesium like Skin Fitness Firming Body Emulsion. This helps replenish lost electrolytes, eliminate toxins, and loosens up your muscles.

Nutrition: Eat clean foods to help your body further restore its sodium, potassium and magnesium levels and drink an energy beverage to restock your carbohydrate levels. To help your muscle fibers regenerate and repair, make sure your dishes are rich in protein and carbohydrates.

If you integrate these steps into your workouts, muscle cramps will be a thing of the past!

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