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    how to prevent leg cramps (calves)

    Is there exercises and or stretches I should do to prevent calfe cramps while diving
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    Hi

    One possible idea to help prevent cramps in general is to drink lots of water and not allow oneself to get dehydrated. I have found this to be effective and helpfull. I am sure others will offer specific help with exercises that will also help. Good luck to you and safe diving!
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    Besides just water you want fluids that will restore and keep your electrolytes where they need to be. Many years back I started taking potassium supplements every day. That made a world of difference.
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    Fins that fit, and a banana a day. Works for me!
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    you can change your kicks too, some people are more prone to cramps

    I built a box that I use for stretching my calves out and that has helped a lot. I can get dimensions for you but I think it was 16 inches long by 10 inches high. Put some grip tape on it and stand on it straight legged for about half an hour a day. Helps stretch my leg out since I severed my calf last year

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    I used to get leg cramps but now I swim in the pool with fins occasionally as part of my exercise regimen and use split fins when I dive and I rarely get cramps.
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    I used to get the kind of cramps that you described. Since I stay well hydrated, eat bananas, etc., I, too, looked for an exercise solution (and found it): calf raises. The gym I go to has a machine (see http://www.wikihow.com/Image:Reg-Park-Calf-Raises.jpg) but stairs, etc., work well too.

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    I don't like bananas. A potassium pill daily has cut my overall cramps (legs, feet, toes) by probaly 80%.

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    Leg Cramps

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    Is there exercises and or stretches I should do to prevent calfe cramps while diving
    Mike.
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    We have specifically designed Diver's D\Lyte to prevent leg cramps which are very common to happen while diving.

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    I delight in conditioning my legs to diving by diving for the cost of air.

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