Having Muscle Cramps This Summer?

Did you know that nighttime leg spasms are twice as common in the warm months as in the winter, new research in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found? And frequent exercisers are especially at risk due to post-workout muscle tightness.

When a charley horse strikes, the best thing to do is to sit or stand up, extend your leg, flex your foot, and reach for your toes without bending your knee. This stretches the contracted muscle, which helps disrupt the spasm.

Leg cramps can be triggered by dehydration. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day to prevent them. Stretching after exercise and before bed may also keep leg cramps from waking you up later.

So, I am  in San Francisco attending the annual AAEA meetings. The opening speaker of today had a really interesting speech on bringing diversity to universities. She spent a lot of time talking about dual hires. She found that 80% of dual hire females procured tenure compared to 68% of other females, and 92% of dual hire males procured tenure compared to 78% of other males. Furthermore, on campus child care facilities are statistically significant in predicting a higher level of women in tenure. Interesting stuff, right? Don’t worry, I’ll have more interesting facts like this for you in future posts!

1 year ago: Your Core (Recipe: 12-Minute Chicken and Broccoli)

2 years ago: 9 Awesome Benefits of Running (Recipe: Pizza Dough)

Quote of the Day:

“Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

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3 Responses to Having Muscle Cramps This Summer?

  1. Kyle says:

    What’s a “dual hire female/male”?

  2. Kristen says:

    Ah! I should have explained that! A dual hire is when both spouses are looking for an academic position and the university hires both people even if they don’t have a position open for the partner at the time.

    • Kyle says:

      See, now your story has context…it makes sense. Before, you had to be “in the know”. Good story. Now, go make me some cookies! I still can’t get those Chocolate Chip Oreo cookies out of my head.
      I hope you are having a great trip. See you two when you return.

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