Thursday, October 6, 2016

How I prevent cramps

Cramps suck.

There is no denying that sudden seizing of your muscle into a tight knot in that one brief second is perhaps the worst pain you can experience in that moment. Unfortunately, some people are more prone to cramps than others.

I am one of those unfortunate souls. I even remember my first cramp. A 2km run followed by a round of waterpolo does not do wonders to your muscles...

However after many years of experimenting, I finally figured out a near cramp proof way of preventing cramps. Load the hell up on isotonic sport drinks a day or two before the race.

Isotonic sport drinks are a crucial part of my race preparation; long distance running and obstacle course racing wise. Two days before the race, I would load up on a bottle of isotonic drink and this has so far prevented me from getting a cramp as proven by my Kyoto Marathon and the numerous OCR races I have done this year. So far, cramp free to date.

My favourite isotonic sports drinks are Pocari Swear and 100plus. Lucozade comes close but the orange flavour was too sweet for me, especially when luke warm. Luckily they recently launched their lemon flavour.

The sweet lemony flavour is one of two flavours available for Lucozade Sport™, a drink which is specially formulated to improve hydration.The carbohydrates in the formulation provide energy while the electrolytes help to replace the sodium lost through sweat (and prevents cramps).

Lucozade Sport™ Lemon (500ml) is available at all hypermarkets, supermarkets, provision stores and convenience stores nationwide, from RM2.50. For more information on Lucozade Sport™ Lemon, please visit

Just remember to experiment and find out what works for you. Now excuse me while I down a bottle of isotonic sports drink.