|The Bike Doc
Joined: 08 May 2003
Location: Corpus Christi and Warda, Texas
|Posted: Wed May 05, 2004 8:57 am GMT +0000 Post subject:
You are experiencing muscle cramps from disuse of your muscles. This can be alleviated by doing daily stretches even when you are not riding. Get a copy of the book "Stretching" by Bob Anderson. It gives you valuable information and instruction in an easy to follow, well ilustrated format.
When you are off the bike traveling, do some simple exercises to keep you leg muscles limber. You can do half squats, bending the knees only half way then rising slowly to a full stand then slowly go back to the half squats. Do reps of 10-20 then rest for 5 min then repeat 2-3 times. You can also do step ups on a stair, or just go climb some stairs for 10-15 minutes a day when you are traveling.
These tricks can help keep those cramps away. Also review some of the other posts on leg cramps for additional tips.
Paul K. Nolan, MD
AKA: The Bike Doc