Muscle cramps are the worst, especially if you encounter them at any random time at home, at work, or when you're out and about. How do you calm your muscles before getting on with what you were doing? Here are three easy ways you can ease your muscle cramps:
1. Step on a cold floor Or you could get an ice pack from your fridge. Studies show that chilly temperatures block pain pathways in the muscles and reduce spasms in your thighs, calves, or feet.
2. Drink pickle juice Yeah what!? A study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that sipping on pickle juice can alleviate muscle cramps within seconds. Researchers think an ingredient in the juice sparks a neurological reaction that helps calm spasms.
3. Stock up on electrolytes Muscle cramps are usually caused by low levels of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Coconut water or banana will help replenish these compounds within 10 minutes. You just need to stretch until the ache stops.
So the next time you get muscle cramps, try one or all three of these tips and see if they work for you.