Cramping

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    Dec 18, 2007 8:10 PM GMT
    I have been hitting the weights pretty hard recently and noticed that I get pretty bad cramps when I move certain ways. My shoulders and neck seems to be the worst area. I wake up in the middle of the night with a full on charlie horse in my neck.

    Another area I get them is in my gluts, especially after sex. Not sure if I am tensing up too much.

    Should I look into eating more potassium, drinking more water, etc. Or it this just an odd isolated thing.

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    Dec 18, 2007 9:04 PM GMT
    Dancers are told to consume a ton of bananas and orange juice for the potassium. I certainly notice a difference when i have a steady intake of potassium as far as fewer cramps.

    Stretching is also VERY important (especially that butt! Nothing ruins the mood like an ass cramp!)
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:14 PM GMT
    This may seem a little strange but when I was in the States I used to take quinine tablets, the old malaria drug, for cramps. They worked almost instantaneously. Now, living in Europe, I can not find quinine tablets and so I drink tonic water which helps but not as fast as the tablets. I am not sure why they worked, maybe they had potassium, but I think instead they were a sodium quinine.
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    Dec 18, 2007 9:33 PM GMT
    When I swam I would get cramped from dehydration. I drink about 2 gallons of water a day, so I hope that's not the reason.

    I do need to stretch more. I am starting pilates in the new year to work on flexibility and to stretch out on non-lifting days.

    I am sure I acan find some ways to stretch my butticon_eek.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 12:51 AM GMT
    I too have suffered in the past with very painful cramps. The cure is more than "potassium"...although that is a big help. The electolytes in your system are out of balance or there could be other issues of circulation, disease, or general "fitmess" level of those particcular muscles being worked...if you always do curls and never work your legs, for instance. (from your pics...not the issue!)
    You need to dramatically increase your intake of calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and water. Your intake of water, for your weight of 190lbs, should never drop below 100oz for a day...with no activity. Your water intake needs to go up dramaticly based on your activity level. Generally you need to be consuming an additional 8 oz of water every 15 minutes, if you are in an "all out sweat" of like a HARD workout.
    I have found that water with lemon, or diluted gatorade helps...but the "cure" is to boost the water, potassium, calcium, magnesium, a very little sodium, and vitamin A, particularly, in your regular daily diet will really help. Not a "fast fix" but a long term cure.

    *NOTE* Be carefull that you are not taking in too much protein before you workout. The extra load requires extra water to process and may actually be dehydrating you without even exercising.... GOOD LUCK!
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    Dec 19, 2007 5:11 AM GMT
    I dont like cramping...too many mosquitoes. And I want air conditioning. I dont like heat and humidity. And bears....why take the chance of being eaten by a bear. ... icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 6:05 AM GMT
    OH "HONEY"! You need to let a "big burley BEAR" eat you once!....ooops! wrong kind of bear...tee hee, my bad!icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 8:55 PM GMT
    DJ Bens... yoga will help you with stretching out your butt.
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    Dec 19, 2007 8:59 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidDJ Bens... yoga will help you with stretching out your butt.


    he speaks wisdom! yoga helps tremendously with that. butt and everywhere else icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:04 PM GMT
    HA HA HA Ballet will shape the butt... yoga will keep it pliable!

    SO try YogaBootyBallet icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    StripperRocco saidHA HA HA Ballet will shape the butt... yoga will keep it pliable!

    SO try YogaBootyBallet icon_wink.gif


    LOL! um, i can certainly do the yoga part, the ballet might be....tragic. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 19, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
    DJ: try increasing your taurine level, you can find tablets/powder at any supplement/nutrition store or grocery section

    you can also try creatine as it forces water into your muscle cells, but you'll add water weight, so just be mindful of it's effects

    massage is another great way to spread muscle tissue, help with growth and reduce pain/stress

    however, with all of these, remember to increase your water intake. in the end, nothing is better than water.

    (btw, these things work for me and may not work for everyone. i'm not a medical professional, so... my advice is just that, advice)