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I'm getting cramps in my calves at night, what stretches can help?

Make sure that you are drinking plenty of fluids and eating multiple balanced meals throughout the day. Cramps are usually a hydration and nutrition deficiency problem as well as a flexibility issue. Next, incorporate some flexibility exercises into your nighttime routine.&nbsp; Try foam rolling (a form of self-massage) your calves, stopping and holding your weight on top of tender spots you find for 20 seconds. Follow this with statically stretching your calves (holding the stretched position for 30 seconds). These are two easy ways to promote healthy tissue and increase your ankle and knee range of motion.&nbsp; Performing these exercises 2-3 times per day for 1 set each, holding each stretch for 30 seconds each side.&nbsp; <br />

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