Avoiding cramping during sex is similar to avoiding cramping during any other activity; if you are out of shape, trying to perform above your fitness level, not properly fueling your body, or lack the flexibility or stamina needed the activity can result in cramping or injury. Sometimes, however, cramping is unavoidable. If it is a consistent problem, consult with a physician about possible causes that may be symptoms of another problem.
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- If the cramping occurs consistently, and in the same place, try losing weight and improving muscle endurance. For example, if you regularly get cramping in your back and find yourself supporting your body weight awkwardly during sex, it’s reasonable to consider improving overall muscle strength and endurance, to support your body weight with better form and posture, and/or to drop excess weight to help relieve the extra pressure on your body.
- Consider improving flexibility to reduce cramping during sex. If necessary, consult with a personal trainer or home fitness programs to improve flexibility throughout your body. This will also help maintain certain positions for longer periods of time without pain, cramping, or residual soreness.
- Improve your nutrient intake to avoid cramping during sex. As silly as it may sound, consider an athlete who fails to properly nourish his body. How far in a long-distance race is he going to get if his body doesn’t have the fuel it needs? Or how about after hard workouts or training sessions, when athletes refuel their bodies with electrolytes, water, vitamins, protein, and proper carbohydrates. Not that sex is always along the lines of athletic training, but if you’re not fueling your body you can’t realistically expect it to perform at its best.
- Drink plenty of water to keep muscles working properly. Ideally, at a minimum, you should be drinking eight glasses of water every day, which is about four 16oz water bottles. Water helps keep muscles functioning properly, as well as your brain and other body parts and organs.
- Just like the old wives tale says not to swim for an hour after eating, for some people eating before physical activity causes cramping. Try to gauge the timeline before jumping in the sack, and if eating shortly before sex try to eat lighter, avoiding creamy dressings and sauces, heavy-fat items, and fried foods. Keeping your pre-sex food vegetarian and light would be ideal, since meats tend to take longer to digest.