3 Tips to prevent leg cramps

Stop leg cramps before they stop you!
Three common causes of leg cramps are keeping your legs in the same awkward position for too long, dehydration, and mineral deficiency. Therefore, for most people, most leg cramps can be stopped before they start by addressing these three things.

Move Around Proactively

Don't wait for your legs to cramp up. If you have a desk job, take frequent short breaks that involve walking around. Go to the bathroom or break room or printer to keep your legs from cramping. Try to make sure you have adequate leg room when you sleep. If you go to a movie theater, make sure to periodically switch up your foot position. Walking regularly for exercise can improve your circulation and help protect against cramping.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated starts with drinking enough water throughout the day. If necessary, schedule a drink break every hour or two. But just drinking enough is not enough to keep you properly hydrated. You also need to avoid consuming too much alcohol and caffeine, both of which are dehydrating.

Get Enough Minerals

Getting enough minerals is one of the best ways to avoid leg cramps. The three most important minerals are potassium, calcium and magnesium. There is a lot of research linking defiency of these minerals to muscle cramps, especially in late pregnancy or for people engaging in strenuous exercise. Eating a diet rich in these minerals is a good place to start. For some people, eating right will not be sufficient. In those cases, a good supplement can make a big difference.

Certain medications can also promote leg cramps. If you are on medication, discuss the side effects with your doctor.