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Stop Side Stitches

How do I prevent side stitches and cramps when I run?
Submitted by FitnessEditor

The moment you feel the cramp, take a big breath, as if sucking air through a straw; then exhale forcefully, as if blowing up a balloon. This should alleviate cramping in the diaphragm. Side stitches are common in beginner runners or anyone who overexerts herself, so don’t try to go too fast, too soon. Drinking too much water or eating gas-producing foods like broccoli before you go for a run can also contribute to the problem.

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