How can I prevent my calf muscle from cramping while I jog?
Do you have access to an elliptical machine or stationary bike? If so, warm up on one or the other for 5-10 minutes at a fairly easy rate and intensity, but enough to get a little sweat going.
Next, stretch out really well with these three stretches: 1- Find a curb or something that has about a 45 degree angle, put your foot on it, lean forward and push against something. You should feel a slight burn (but not pain) in your calf and ankle area. 2- While standing, put the toes of one foot on the ground, with your heel facing straight up toward the ceiling. Rotate your ankle. Do that for each leg 2-3x for about 15 seconds. 3- Find a wall that you can press up against. Facing the wall, put one leg in front of the other so that each foot is in line with one another. Lean forward and push against the wall, making sure your heels stay on the ground. You should feel it in your achilles and ankle area.
Then, go on your walk or jog. Make sure you also cool down and follow it with another round of stretching. It also couldn't hurt to keep your ankles moving as much as possible throughout the day-- take a small break at work/school/home and walk around a bit—to keep blood flowing to that area.
As with any discomfort or pain during exercise, if you continue experiencing severe muscle cramps, contact your health care professional.
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