Margaret Mayo, Romance Author


I must confess that I’m not very good when it comes to exercising. I have a treadmill which I rarely use despite buying it with the very best of intentions. When I do exercise, even if it’s walking, I usually end up with cramp in my legs and feet when I go to bed.

Over Christmas we did a lot of walking – for instance a three mile trek along a coastal footpath which included some quite difficult hill climbs. If ever I’d expected to get cramp it was then. Did I? No, not the faintest twinge.

Yesterday we visited friends, which we do every New Year’s Day, sitting around indulging, the only exercise lifting the odd glass of wine, and last night I had cramp in my toes off and on for about two hours. My usual remedy, apart from walking on a cold floor, is Magnesium Phosphate tablets – which melt on your tongue in an instant – but even they didn’t work.

So I’m making a plea – does anyone have a good remedy for cramp?

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  • Marilyn Shoemaker says:

    Honestly, I’ve tried the “pinching the lip” and it helps and someone once told me two teaspoons of “pickle juice”. Here’s some tips off the internet.

    To stop leg/foot cramping, firmly press in on the upper lip. This is the meridian which is connected to the legs and feet.

    Take a hot shower before going to bed, letting the water run down the part of your leg that gets cramps. Or, if you get cramps in the night, take a shower then. Get the water as hot as you can stand it, as this will help relax the muscles.

    If you are in bed when you get a leg cramp, stretch your leg straight out and bend the toes back toward your head. Hold in this position for 30 seconds, relax, and repeat until the cramp is gone.This will stretch out your calf muscle. You may also do this standing up – push your heel onto the floor and bend your toes upward. This forces the calf muscle to lengthen.

    If you get leg cramps frequently at night, start a stretching regimen before bed. Try pressing your toes against a wall to stretch out the calf muscles; hold for 30 seconds, relax, repeat several times.

    Cramping often comes while you are exercising. follow these tips:
    Keep hydrated. As you sweat, you lose important electrolytes, which are needed to prevent cramps.

  • Margaret Mayo says:

    Marilyn, thank you very much for all the tips. I’ve printed them out for future reference. Cramp is something both my DH and I suffer from periodically so I’m sure we’ll find them of use. At least we’ll try them. Not sure that I fancy the ‘pickle juice’ though!!

  • Heather R. says:


    I developed horrible leg cramps after my accident last year (well, a little over a year now), but I’ve found that before I do ANY walking or playing with the kids (or sometimes just during the day for no reason other than it makes them feel good) if I stretch my calves it keeps the bad night cramps away. I often sit and do them by flexing my feet upward. It works for me…hopefully it will help you too!

    Heather R.

  • Margaret Mayo says:

    Thanks for the tip, Heather. This sounds really good. I’ll pass it on to my DH as well because he has bad leg cramps.

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