I have two questions about cramps: How can I avoid or prevent cramps just
above my knees, in my quads? And how can I stretch out cramps in that area?
Cramps in thigh muscles (and other leg muscles) are most often caused by
dehydration. Stiff muscles are a less common cause, as is a depletion of key
minerals, especially salt. So . . . you might avoid the cramps by staying
hydrated, snacking regularly when you’re exercising (and being sure there is
a little salt in the snack), and doing some gentle stretching of the thighs
when they start to feel tight.
A generally safe thigh stretch is to stand holding on to something, say a
tree, and grab hold of an ankle with the opposite hand. Lean forward,
pulling the leg you’re holding gently up until you feel the stretch. A
little experimentation will tell you which direction and how much pull works