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Old 02-09-2015, 03:09 PM
 
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I'll check out those gloves. Living up here, many including myself are paranoid of catching flu.

On another note, twice after a day at the gym I've experienced leg (calf) cramps during the night. Is that at all normal for anyone just starting out? Is it a sign I should take magnesium? I highly doubt my doctor will know.
flu - i never take the shots. but i always wash my hands as soon as i come home from anywhere.

cramps - there are stretches you can do that relieves cramping. regular work out and regular stretches stop the cramps. when i notice cramping pn my legs or feet, i stretch and there is immediate relief.
and yes, hydrating is important.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:17 PM
 
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See post below. Kicking and screaming, though not as loud as before.

The constant snow makes me want to stay comfy with a book. I spent an hour yesterday looking up places to live in GA or FL.
LOL. not a bad thing to do with mountains of snow outside.
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Old 02-09-2015, 03:29 PM
 
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flu - i never take the shots. but i always wash my hands as soon as i come home from anywhere.

cramps - there are stretches you can do that relieves cramping. regular work out and regular stretches stop the cramps. when i notice cramping pn my legs or feet, i stretch and there is immediate relief.
and yes, hydrating is important.
Leg cramps are also a symptom of calcium deficiency, I think magnesium is the other possibility.

I got terrible leg cramps for awhile when I was in a situation where I couldn't get milk Went away when I got home and could guzzle all the white stuff I wanted (which is normally quite a bit, I don't drink any pop, milk is my go to beverage)

A calcium supplement may help (or magnesium if that's where the deficiency is)
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:11 PM
 
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Leg cramps are also a symptom of calcium deficiency, I think magnesium is the other possibility.

I got terrible leg cramps for awhile when I was in a situation where I couldn't get milk Went away when I got home and could guzzle all the white stuff I wanted (which is normally quite a bit, I don't drink any pop, milk is my go to beverage)

A calcium supplement may help (or magnesium if that's where the deficiency is)
It depends. With some people it's a magnesium deficiency--one of the best types to take is magnesium citrate as it needs an acidic (citrus, in this case) environment to be absorbed). With other people it's potassium and you could probably just eat a banana or drink a glass or orange juice. Or maybe it's calcium. If I get a leg cramp from swimming, it's the magnesium, but that's just me. I suppose it could be other things too, you just have to experiment.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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My MIL had a lot of trouble with cramps in her legs. Her doctor recommended potassium. She ate a banana (which contains potassium) every day and that solved her problem.
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Old 02-10-2015, 06:07 PM
 
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See post below. Kicking and screaming, though not as loud as before.

The constant snow makes me want to stay comfy with a book. I spent an hour yesterday looking up places to live in GA or FL.
Look out, Ms. Girl. One wintry day I spent an hour looking up Florida real estate, and then I did it again, and again and again. One thing led to another, and now I swim laps in the sunshine and see snow on the news reports from up north.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:13 PM
 
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The simplest thing to try for leg cramps is to add a glass of water to your day's liquid intake. If that doesn't work, then try the other things. My leg cramps are gone as long as I drink enough water during the day. And many of us don't drink enough liquids--at least according to experts.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:22 PM
 
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Leg cramps are also a symptom of calcium deficiency, I think magnesium is the other possibility.

I got terrible leg cramps for awhile when I was in a situation where I couldn't get milk Went away when I got home and could guzzle all the white stuff I wanted (which is normally quite a bit, I don't drink any pop, milk is my go to beverage)

A calcium supplement may help (or magnesium if that's where the deficiency is)

Or you could inform your primary care physician who would run tests to check the mineral levels in your blood ...
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:11 PM
 
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The simplest thing to try for leg cramps is to add a glass of water to your day's liquid intake. If that doesn't work, then try the other things. My leg cramps are gone as long as I drink enough water during the day. And many of us don't drink enough liquids--at least according to experts.
The main thing in that is to hydrate before. Even athletes often get dehydration cramps if they do not hydrate enough. I once read a interesting study by the Israel military on the subject. You have to match the situation as too much can be bad also.;especially when rehydrating. I saw quite a bit of that with guys who got too dehydrated then consumed too much; too quickly in military.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:08 AM
 
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Leg cramps are also a symptom of calcium deficiency, I think magnesium is the other possibility.

I got terrible leg cramps for awhile when I was in a situation where I couldn't get milk Went away when I got home and could guzzle all the white stuff I wanted (which is normally quite a bit, I don't drink any pop, milk is my go to beverage)

A calcium supplement may help (or magnesium if that's where the deficiency is)
I've been ordered not to take calcium, as the last blood test showed too high. Must be magnesium.
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