Most of you sport enthusiasts may be familiar with muscle cramps.
A sudden seizure in calf muscle can be terrifying at the moment. Swimmers dread drowning. Cyclists tend to wobble and fall down the cycle. Runners feel faintish & may lose consciousness.
It is not unusual for cramps to crop while you play, exercise or jog. Cramps occur when there is intense muscle contraction (when you’re exerting yourself) that result in tiredness of muscles.
Another supposed culprit is sodium balance or lack of it due to drinking less water than your body requires. It often happens that in the middle of an exciting game, one seldom pause to sip some water every now and then. The result is your game getting ruined anyway because of sudden muscle cramp. You can avoid this kind of extreme muscle contraction with keeping a water bottle close by and sipping a little whenever possible.
Making warm ups a compulsory thing before a game is a foolproof way to ward off any impending muscle cramps. A few stretches, bending down to touch toe, hip rotations etc can get your body ready for the vigorous activity you’re going to do. After the warm up session, practice deep-breathing. Put hand on your belly & inhale deeply. Feel the air spiraling to and from your lungs. Feel the stomach rise and fall with each inhalation & exhalation.
Wondering how this helps with possible muscle cramps? When you’re exerting yourself, the normal amount of oxygen you breathe in won’t suffice. That’s when exhaustion occurs, leading to cramp. Deep inhalation can solve this problem while increasing your stamina.
As for joggers, it is better to start with brisk walking for the first 10 minutes. Then jog slowly before picking up speed. This holds true for both new and veteran joggers. In time deep inhalation while enjoying a sport or running will come naturally to you.