Engadgadget – 5th November 2018 A new piece of research from the University of Oxford has revealed the exact cause of cramps in people who exercise regularly.
The research found that exercising for prolonged periods of time led to a greater risk of cramping and a stronger inflammatory response in the body.
Researchers looked at a sample of 8,000 people over an 18-month period.
In the first part of the study, researchers measured the intensity of exercise and the amount of physical activity each participant did each day.
During the second part of this study, they measured the extent to which people were able to perform the tasks at hand, and the severity of their cramps.
They found that people who exercised more than 20 minutes a day for two months had significantly more severe cramps than those who exercised less than 20.
These results were based on a study of 3,000 participants.
More research needs to be done to confirm the results, but it is clear that exercise can trigger cramps, which are usually caused by a range of factors including a lack of oxygen and inflammation.
Find out more about how exercise can cause cramps: The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that people should exercise at a moderate level to be able to feel the benefits of exercise.
“Although exercise can help improve blood flow, it’s important to keep this up over a long period of time and not to stop for more than 10 minutes at a time,” said Dr Anna-Lena Hoch, the lead researcher of the research.
For more information on exercise and its benefits, please read our guide to exercise for people with arthritis: