Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle-when the sun comes up, you'd better be running.

Monday, July 11, 2011

How to Conquer Side-aches

You might know it as a side-ache, a side-stitch, or a cramp, but whatever name you give it, getting a side-ache sucks. It happens to the best of us. How can you get rid of them?

The exact cause of side-stitches in still unknown. But there are a few solid theories. One is that your muscles are spasm-ing. Another is that there is strain put on the ligaments connecting your liver to your diaphragm.The other one that is probable is that they are caused by dehydration.

The first "rule" to know is don't bend over. It is tempting to hunch over but the best thing to do is to stretch. Side-aches are in part caused by spasms in your diaphragm and inter-costal muscles (the muscles in between your ribs). Lean back and stretch out the side that is cramping. Put both hands on your head. Take deep breaths. You can pinch/squeeze the affected area as you stretch to help the muscles relax.

If you don't want to stop running to stretch out your side-stitch, there is another trick you can try. Breathe out every time the foot opposite from the side of your cramp hits. So if you have a cramp on your right side, then breathe out every time your left foot hits. Again, putting pressure on the affected area can help relax the muscles and get rid of your side-ache.

I often get side-aches when I am running downhill. This is because I forget to breathe as deeply and my breathing pattern is thrown off. Remember to constantly monitor your breathing (don't let it take over your thoughts, but in the back of your mind keep tabs on your breathing) in order to prevent side-aches.

If you get side-aches often, you may want to make sure you are getting enough potassium, calcium and magnesium in your diet. Make sure you are drinking enough fluids and not getting dehydrated (see HERE). Listen to your body and get a proper warm-up in before you start intense exercise.

Have fun, run a lot and conquer those annoying side-aches!

For more helpful information, visit this website: http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/health/how-to-get-rid-of-side-cramps/

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