Cramping during exercise


If you’re starting an exercise program here’s a quick tip to
help you avoid something that we see a lot of people struggling with when they first begin, cramping up during a workout. We see this a lot. People first start out, somebody in the middle of
workout has a hamstring, or a calf, or something else, some other muscle that cramps up, and it usually shuts them
down during the workout. And sometimes if it happens
fast and hard enough in the middle of a pretty tough exercise, they can actually hurt themselves. So it’s a really tough way to start out your exercise program and usually the answer is pretty simple, and most people know it,
it is drink more water. Almost everybody who’s cramped
up was just low on water. But that’s a hard thing for
people to remember to do when they’re busy all day, they’re running from their job, to bringing kids around, to whatever they have to do, and then they’re going to the gym, and they’re just forgetting that they didn’t drink
much water that day. So I talked to a couple
of our members this week, got some good tips that
have worked for them. I want to share them with you. The first one, this one
comes from Charlene. Her water bottle trick, she
simply takes a water bottle, maybe a liter or two-liter,
whatever she wants to, however much water you would need, fills it up and brings the
with her throughout the day and just measures and tracks her progress. On here I actually wrote
times, like 9:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. It would be a good way for you
to track throughout the day, so you’re not trying to chug it all at the very end of the day to make up for missing earlier in the day. This will keep you on track, just having it right there
on your desk, being aware. It’s noon, I haven’t drank
much water, try to catch up. That’s one way to make sure you’re staying hydrated
throughout the day. And then another tip,
it’s from my buddy Nate. He just takes his gym bag, puts a water bottle in it and brings it into work with him. That way at the end of the day, when he’s grabbing his gym
bag, there’s his water bottle. It’s his reminder to grab
it and start drinking on his way home from work,
on his drive to the gym. So whether you’re coming after work or maybe it’s in the morning you workout, with the gym bag by the door,
put the water bottle in it. That way, if you wake up,
maybe eat a little something and you’re driving to the gym, you can be drinking some
water, staying hydrated, so you avoid cramping up and
having a miserable workout and maybe putting yourself out of action for a few days or a week or two. I hope those tips help. If you have other good ways that you found to remind yourself to drink
water throughout the day, let me know. I’d love to pass them
along to other people. I hope that helps. I’ll see you guys. Thanks.

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