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How to Prevent Cramps When You Bike Central Park

If you are going to be in New York City and want to experience everything Central Park has to offer, the best way to see it was in on a bicycle. You can bike Central Park and see more in a shorter amount of time. If you worry about getting leg cramps while biking, these tips can help you prevent them.

Drink Plenty of Water

Cramps often occur when the body is losing water and not replacing it. Biking can be strenuous, and even on days when the weather is mild, you can sweat a lot. Drink plenty of water before you go biking and stop to take breaks and drink more water during your bike ride. Staying hydrated is the easiest way to prevent leg cramps.

Stretch Before You Go

If your muscles are tight and aren’t flexible, they are much more likely to cramp while you bike Central Park. Before you mount your bike, take a few minutes to do some leg stretches. This will help get your muscles warmed up and ready to peddle. You will find that biking is much less painful if you stretch beforehand.

Consume More Sodium

While most people get more than enough sodium in their diets, if you are biking, especially often, you may be losing more than you should. Heavy sweating removes sodium from your body and this can lead to leg cramps. If you bike in New York City regularly, add 1,000–1,500 milligrams of sodium to your diet to prevent leg cramps.

Avoid Overexertion

There’s a lot to see in New York City, and it’s natural to want to do and see as much as possible. When biking, be careful not to overexert yourself. If you push your body to the limits, it will let you know with cramps. Instead of trying to bike the entire park in one day, consider splitting up your bike ride over a few days. This will also give you time to stop and enjoy things instead of rushing around.

Biking through Central Park or around New York City is a lot of fun, but leg cramps can quickly ruin it. Luckily, cramps are preventable with the above tips. Once you have your leg cramps under control, you can bike more often and for longer periods of time. You can even see the entire city on your bike.

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