I have a massage client in his mid-sixties. He loves to swim at the gym. He often complains of cramps or muscle spasms. What most people do not realize is that you can sweat in the winter. You do sweat even when you are swimming. Sweating can cause your electrolyte balance to be effected.
I gave him a packet of Shaklee’s Performance Low Calorie Electrolyte Drink. I instructed him to pour it into a bottle of water before going to the gym to swim. Voila! No cramping! No cramping means better workouts and probably more workouts.
Working out, especially weight-bearing exercise is increasingly important as we age. Muscle is lost each year after age 40. So being able to continue to be active and working out is crucial for long-term health and mobility. When muscle spasms or cramps occur, the motivation to work out becomes less and less.
That is why it is important to maintain good nutrition to fuel the workouts and to recover and rebuild muscle after the workouts. As they say, “you don’t move it, you lose it.” And they say that “motion is lotion.” Keep moving.