With The Doris well and truely focused and Mark also finding more time and big Danny O due back from his hols it looks like it’s all sytems go, but to finish off this small series here are afew words of coution, because inspite of the great benefits attributed to running and jogging, one must not overlook the fact that caution is needed in everything.

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Too much running may cause a person to lose a lot of fluids in the body more than what he/she takes in. This will result to dehydration. Mark has some great words about water and oxygenhere. Dehydration will not only cause a runner to slow down but can also cause muscle spasms in the legs due to the depletion of essential electrolytes in the body. Muscle spasm is the involuntary contraction of a muscles in the legs that is which can last for a few seconds or may extend to several minutes, and is often very painful. Sometimes, it is called “charley horse.” The muscle does not simply relax by a mere wishful thinking.

Deep breathing and relaxation exercises may help the muscle to relax a bit. More often than not, people actually contract other muscles in response to the pain of a charley horse, which can make the duration of the muscle spasm longer. To counter dehydration, one must restore the proper balance of water in the body. Stay away from caffeine in coffee, sodas, and tea. Caffeine is a diuretic. It makes you urinate more frequentlythan you usually need to.

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Before you engage in a running or jogging program, be sure to consult your doctor to check on the condition of your health, especially your heart. Make sure your limbs are properly stretched to avoid any muscle injuries. Why not check out some of the great Gym’s here in Phuket and speak to their professional trainers and remember drink lots of water or other fluids to avoid dehydration.

We hope you enjoyed this mini series, I’ll be back in a few days with some other thought’s and ideas that can get you moving please feel free to add some comments and as we always say at the radio station 91.5 FM…….. GET INVOLVED.