So, my walks have not been boring at all this week. I think I had one day that nothing happened. The second time that I went out for a walk this week I ended up coming back soaked to the bone. I misjudged the weather map and the storm that was supposed to come at 5 PM decided to come early. Whoops!
Today was interesting too. It was uncharacteristically hot. Like 30 degrees
|The storm coming in behind me!|
And just in case you were wondering, I keep a little plastic baggy in my pocket in case it does start raining and I need to get my phone/headphones out of the weather.
It turns out that these little twitches are fairly normal and nothing very serious. Livestrong says: "Twitching occurs due to tiny involuntary muscle contractions in your leg muscles. The problem can also occur in a muscle served by a single nerve fiber. When twitching occurs, you may feel a slight pulling sensation in your leg and may see small, rapid movements in the affected muscle."
The website lists several possible causes for this behavior:
- muscle fatigue
- not properly warming up the muscles before exercise
- irritation in muscles after exercise
- large amounts of caffeine
- not eating a balanced diet
- certain medications may cause twitches
- reduced electrolyte levels
- you lose electrolytes when you sweat and may notice the twinges more often in hot/humid weather
- Livestrong also says this twitching can be symptoms of certain diseases "including fibromyalgia; weak muscles; restless leg syndrome; nerve damage; muscle injury; muscular dystrophy; atrophy of the spinal muscles; or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease."
How do you prevent this twitching?
- drink plenty of fluids to replace hydration lost in sweat
- stretch properly before engaging in the physical activity
- doctor prescribed anti-spasmodic medication
To read the original article, click HERE.