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What Causes Painful Muscle Cramps During Exercise?

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You’ve just finished a tough workout at the gym, and you feel a sharp pain in your calf. Ouch! Muscle cramps are intensely painful, and they’re a relatively common problem among people who exercise. Almost 40% of marathon runners get them, and more than half of all cyclists have one at some point. Despite how frequently athletes experience a cramping muscle, there still isn’t a lot of consensus as to why they occur, but there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of being sidelined by a painful one at the gym.

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