Sometimes muscle cramps happen. They are an inevitable part of being an athlete, but you can prevent them with a little extra care. However, if you find that you are having frequent muscle cramps, it may go beyond simple adjustments to your exercise schedule.

  1. 1 Don't Overdo It!

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    A major cause of cramping is muscle fatigue. If you overexert your muscles either because you have been using them for a long time or because you are working on something that requires more strength than you already have, you may need to step back and work on muscle tone first.

  2. 2 Stay Hydrated

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    When you exercise, you sweat, and when you sweat you lose water. If you are exercising a lot for long periods of time, you will lose water quickly. You might think that this will just make you thirsty, but it affects your muscles too! Thirsty and dehydrated muscles are more likely to cramp, so make sure you are drinking enough water even when you aren't exercising.

  3. 3 Check Your Flexibility

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    For many of the moves you perform as a dancer, you will need various parts of your body to be both strong and flexible. Cramping can be caused by pulling a muscle too far when it is not limber enough to do so. It can also occur when performing stretches that are too advanced for your level of flexibility. Make sure to know how flexible you are, and work toward greater flexibility along with strength carefully.