Battling Migraines Caused from Exercise

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Everyone knows that regular exercise has a vast number of health benefits overall, right?  Unfortunately, there have been many cases where people can actually get headaches or migraines when they exercise. However, this should not stop you from exercising and taking care of your overall health!

The key is to understand how to take the proper measures to ensure that these headaches or migraines don’t pop up while you are performing some form of physical exercise.

  1. Remember easy does it! Try to avoid jumping into a rigorous workout routine. Try warming up with a five minute walk that gradually goes into a slow pace of jogging.
  2. Your body needs an energy source! This is where food comes in. When you exercise, your blood sugar levels decrease. Always eat at least an hour and a half before exercising. This leaves enough time for your body to properly digest your food, which will eliminate painful cramps and of course headaches and migraines during your exercise routine!
  3. Don’t forget to stretch. And not just for a few minutes, really take time to ensure that you properly stretch for about 5 to 10 minutes before you start your workout routine. This will prevent muscle tension, a trigger for migraines.
  4. Hydration! Hydration! Hydration! Make sure to keep a water bottle nearby at all times! Dehydration is a huge cause of headaches and migraines. Make sure that you are sweating and that your mouth is not dry. When you do not sweat, it is a sign that you might be dehydrated.

What are some forms of exercise that you can do?

Studies show that mild aerobic exercise offers a great amount of benefits to those who suffer from migraines. Some of these activities include:

  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Cycling
  • Brisk Walking

Remember to find the exercise you like and to stick to a regimen to get the best relief for those pesky migraines!

http://www.migrainetrust.org/factsheet-exercise-and-migraine-10714
http://www.achenet.org/resources/effects_of_exercise_on_headaches_and_migraines/