I wanted to answer a question I receive quite often and hope that it helps those of you who struggle with your feet cramping during Pilates and other exercises.
Foot cramps are fairly common when starting a regular Pilates practice, but they can be quite annoying and disruptive when you’re trying to keep up with the movements in a workout. The truth is, there isn’t much conclusive research as to why feet cramp. However, there are a few things that I’ve found to help prevent and relieve foot cramps during Pilates.
2. Relax your feet: It’s okay to relax your feet. Excessive pointing or curling your toes can lead to cramping. Try lengthening your toes, relaxing your feet, or even flexing your feet if needed.
3. Drink plenty of water: Slight dehydration can disrupt your electrolyte balance, which can lead to cramps.
4. Increase potassium intake: Adding potassium-rich foods to your diet (such as: white beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, spinach, oranges, and bananas) can help to prevent cramping during your next workout.
I hope this helps! Have any other questions? Let me know in the comments below!
PS – Do your hip flexors sometimes hurt during Pilates? Check out this blog post for my answer to this very common question.