If you’ve found yourself having to stop mid-workout due to painful cramping muscles, or suffer from cramps in the days following an intense workout, you’re not alone. These annoying (and often very painful) muscle spasms strike many people and seem to have a habit of sabotaging your fitness regime. If you’re after some natural ways to combat exercise induced cramps, we’re here to share some of our favourite natural solutions to bring relief to your muscles.
Well, it should come as no surprise that magnesium tops our list for muscle cramp remedies! When it comes to taking magnesium, muscle cramps are often one of the main reasons why people give this mineral a try, and for good reason. Magnesium has the amazing ability to regulate neuromuscular signals and muscle contractions which can prevent the painful cramps associated with exercise. Give a magnesium oil spray a try and apply to areas which are most prone to cramping (generally the legs) before you head off to your workout or when the cramps come on. We recommend applying consistently every night (even if there are no signs of cramps) to keep them at bay.
Add some extra salt
While this probably isn’t going to be an issue during a yoga class, if you’re into more intense exercise then there’s probably a bit of sweating involved. This means you’re losing a lot of salt, essential minerals & water which is thought to be a cause of exercise related cramps. If you’re noticing that your cramps seem to happen after vigorous exercise or on hot days, or if you have a generally low salt diet, giving your body some extra salt may help. We recommend adding a good quality Himalayan Rock salt to your water or meals instead of grabbing that sugary sports drink that is actually very low in electrolytes.
Avoid overdoing it
There is a link between muscle cramps and fatigue so it’s important not to overdo it when exercising. This doesn’t mean making the workout too easy, it’s just about knowing your limits and listening to your body. For example, if you have an event coming up, such as a triathlon, do the right prep work so your muscles are prepared. Give yourself enough rest and fuel up before heading off to do intense exercise. Also, listen to your body during the workout itself and rest if necessary.
Stretch before and after
If you’re prone to exercise related cramping, a lot of people find that stretching the muscles before and after the workout can really help. Don’t just do a quick 30 second stretch – really take the time to properly stretch so your muscle fibres are lengthened and relaxed to help avoid them tightening up. Give it a try and see if it helps!
If you’re ready to take action against your muscle cramps, magnesium oil by Salt Lab could be the perfect solution. Salt Lab was developed by a Melbourne based personal trainer, nutritionist and health coach in order to provide a high quality and fast absorbing magnesium product to our customers. Our range includes an easy to use spray and our deconstructed bath bomb so you can soak your cramps away.