Does Working Out Cause Headaches?

| Monday, March 21, 2011
By Eric Climintine

Everybody understands that training routinely is something that you have to do if you expect to lose weight. No matter what anyone else tries to tell you, it is not possible to lose weight without being active. What most people do not realize however is that exercising can definitely be a pain. You are most likely geared up for muscle pains and aches in your back and in your joints, but are you prepared for exercise induced headaches? Unfortunately plenty of men and women suffer from exercise triggered headaches but, thankfully, there is plenty you can to do treat and prevent them. Here are a few approaches to do this.

Drink a lot of water: this is necessary in typical life but it is extra important after you work out. Headaches tend to be a result of being dehydrated and dehydration can definitely appear after a workout, particularly when you work up a good sweat (sweat drains the body's water). Drinking a normal amount of water previous to, during and after your workout will do a lot to help you keep the headache from setting in after you work out. This is typically usually all you'll need to do to treat any headaches that turn up a while after your workouts too.

Be certain you do a complete warm up and cool down. Just starting a exercise routine can jolt your system-blood will start rushing to the places you are working which takes it away from your brain and that can lead to the onset of a headache. When you warm up completely your system has a chance to increase blood flow at a far better rate and then redistribute it during your cool down so that your system doesn't get such a jarring shock.

Practice proper breathing methods during your workouts and weight liftings. Your brain wants oxygen to effectively function and also to survive. Most of us intuitively hold our breath when we are doing something difficult but that just reduces the oxygen that is available for your brain. Practicing correct breathing techniques enables you to keep a steady flow of oxygen to your brain and keep the headaches at bay.

If you realize that the headaches are happening on a regular basis and the things that you have been trying usually are not helping you prevent them, you need to talk to your doctor. Your doctor will be able to help you learn if your headaches are due to something going wrong during your workouts or if they could be caused by your diet. It's likely that you may need to employ medication to keep the headaches away. Your health care provider should be able to make it easier to figure out how to both get rid of your headaches and keep on working out and your diet.

Nobody loves having headaches; in fact, we do pretty much everything we can think of to help keep them at bay. Thankfully there is no rule that says you merely have to suffer through them. If you take the proper precautions and have the right knowledge, you could absolutely avoid your headaches!

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