If you find yourself in serious pain a day or two after an intense workout, you're far from alone. In fact, according to a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, exercise cramps are among the most common, if not the most common reason athletes seek medical attention during or after sporting events.
And while some research suggests that massage, compression, and stretching can improve outcomes post-workout, wouldn't it be better to head back from the gym with no pain to speak of?
For those who'd rather skip the trip to the doctor, there's an easy solution—and better yet, it doesn't require expensive equipment or therapy. In fact, it starts right on your plate. Not only does research suggest that increased potassium intake can fight muscle cramps, a study published in JAMA reveals that low potassium may even be a trigger for high blood pressure, which can keep you sidelined unless treated in a timely manner. So, before you start reaching for the supplements, check out our list of the 20 best foods for exercise cramps, each sure to keep you pain free. And when you want to slim down anytime and anywhere, try these 40 Workouts You Can Do Without a Gym!