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How do I prevent from cramping after a long run ?

How do I prevent from cramping after a long run ?

Some simple steps: The best way to avoid cramping is to maintain proper hydration during the run. Runs of less than 60 mins, use water. Greater than 60 mins, consider electrolyte fluids (eg gatorade) and running gels. After the run, continue appropriate hyrdation, stretch, slowly cool down, and massage your trouble spots. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Why does my foot and leg cramp when i run? How can I prevent this from repeating?

Why does my foot and leg cramp when i run? How can I prevent this from repeating?

Try stretching: Try stretching and warming up before your run. Cool down, and consider stretching again. You could also try running on different surfaces and with different shoes. If the problem continues, see your primary provider or a sports specialist or a sports physical therapist. ...Read more

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What is the ideal sugar level before, during, and after a long run? How do you prevent sugar low during the run? Any advice on glucose tablet dosage?

What is the ideal sugar level before, during, and after a long run? How do you prevent sugar low during the run? Any advice on glucose tablet dosage?

Questions: Do you have diabetes? Treatment with oral meds or insulin? In our Insulin dependent kids, we lower Insulin ahead of time and often for hours later. We always ask them to carry glucose tablets or some other form of fast acting glucose and to stay well-hydrated. We also help to modify before and after meals if necessary. Most important: medication adjustment which has to be done by you & doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do now at age 18 to have great skin in the long run and what to do to prevent premature wrinkles. ?

What can I do now at age 18 to have great skin in the long run and what to do to prevent premature wrinkles. ?

Protect your skin: Protect your skin from the sun and don't smoke. But since avoiding sun exposure can cause a lower vitamin d level, get your levels checks every so often or take supplemental vitamin d. ...Read more

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What sport or exercises are the best if you want to run for a long time without having cramps?

What sport or exercises are the best if you want to run for a long time without having cramps?

None in particular: If you plan on running for a long period of time, the type of exercise does not matter in my opinion. Rather, the key is adequate stretching (though the need for stretching is a highly debated topic, though I am a proponent), and adequate hydration. Bananas are a good source of potassium, and can help fend off cramps, as can good old gatorade. ...Read more

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How long after hard or long running is stretching still effective in preventing soreness?

How long after hard or long running is stretching still effective in preventing soreness?

Not long: You should stretch before and immediately after exercising to help in this regards. Waiting more than 10 minutes after will not give you the same beneficial effects. ...Read more

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How do I prevent muscle cramps. I cycle long distances and cramp earlier and more often than others who are similarly trained. ?

How do I prevent muscle cramps. I cycle long distances and cramp earlier and more often than others who are similarly trained. ?

Hydration: Cramping is caused by a multitude of factors. Treatment can be controversial. Hydration is usually key. Depending on how long distances/intensity, you will likely need to replenish electrolytes also. ...Read more

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Can leg lenght disperancy cause bowlegness? My left leg is 9mm longer than my right and when i'm walking/running my legs bow. How would i prevent it?

Can leg lenght disperancy cause bowlegness? My left leg is 9mm longer than my right and when i'm walking/running my legs bow. How would i prevent it?

Scoliosis : You have one limb longer than the other. This may be from scoliosis or just the way your body is made. Also it can be from catheterization in children. You may need special shoes that have one side thicker. This should correct the need to be run bow legged. ...Read more