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What are the best exercises to prevent leg cramps?

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Some of the best exercises to help prevent painful leg cramps include:

– Calf Raises: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, push up onto your toes lifting heels off the ground. Hold for 2 seconds, then lower slowly back down. Repeat 10-15 times per set. This strengthens calf muscles prone to cramping.

– Hamstring Stretches: Sit with one leg extended. Lean forward from the hip while keeping back straight until you feel a stretch in the back of the thigh. Hold for 30 seconds. Targets tight hamstrings.

– Quad Stretches: Balance on one leg, bend the other knee back and grasp ankle with same-side hand to gently pull foot to glutes. Stretches quadriceps muscles.

– Hydration Exercise: Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day to remember to drink often. Staying hydrated is key for preventing muscle issues. Aim for 64+ oz daily.

– Walking/Swimming: These low-impact activities increase blood flow to lower extremities without over-fatiguing muscles. Improves circulation and conditioning.

The right balance of stretching, strengthening, hydration and moderate activity helps “exercise out” issues like cramping by supporting muscle stamina. But take care not to overdo any exercise if prone to frequent leg cramps.

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