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Will Exercising Help my Migraines?

August 12, 2019

 

Exercise can reduce both the frequency and intensity of migraines! 

 

When exercising, the body releases endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. Since stress and lack of sleep are migraine triggers, exercise can immensely help with keeping headaches away. 


Research evidence shows that regular exercise can activate multiple pain modulatory mechanisms, as well as perhaps dampen the underlying mechanisms that initiate a migraine attack. 


However, some people find they get migraines when exercising.

 

Here are 3 easy steps you can take to ensure this doesn't happen to you:


1) Stay hydrated. If you sweat while working out, this is a good sign that you are drinking enough fluids.

 

2) Eat something about an hour before you workout. Your body will need a higher blood sugar, and food is an excellent source of energy. Nuts or protein bars are a healthy snack.

 

3) Ensure that you are warming up before you jump into exercise. Lurching the body into an intense workout can stimulate a headache. Start your exercise with a light jog or lift some lighter weights. 


Exercising strengthens your body. Thus, working out helps your body respond to and cope with migraine attacks. Doctors recommend working out at least 3 days a week for 30 minutes. Ideally, you should include a variety of exercises to strengthen your entire body, such as: cardio-respiratory endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. 


So get outside this week and enjoy the Colorado mountains - Headache Free! 

 


 

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