Hit the Gym: If your headache sets in before you’ve laced up your sneakers, there’s probably no reason to cancel your workout plans. According to Nabih Ramadan, MD, a neurologist at the Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago, it’s a myth that exercise and headaches don’t mix.
Is it safe to exercise with a headache?
Avoid high-impact exercise during a headache.
When you do have a headache, avoid jarring, high-impact exercise like running or kickboxing because it’s likely to aggravate the pain. Intense exercise will also cause you to sweat, leading to dehydration, which can worsen a headache as well, Ramadan says.
Do headaches get worse with exercise?
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When you exercise, or exert yourself physically, the muscles of the head, neck, and scalp need more blood to circulate. This causes the blood vessels to dilate, which can lead to a condition called exertional headaches.
Is it bad to workout with a migraine?
A good rule of thumb: Don’t exercise if you’re in the middle of a migraine attack, as it can make the pain worse, Dr. Kriegler says. When you’re pain-free, on the other hand, exercising can help ward off attacks by relieving stress, a common migraine trigger.
Can I lift weights with a headache?
The moment you feel your head start to pound, you might want to reach for medicine or close your eyes and lie down in the dark. But if it’s a tension headache, there’s a surprising solution: exercise. If the last thing you feel like doing is going for a run or sweating it out at the gym, no worries.
Which exercise is best for headache?
Biking, swimming, and walking are great ways to fit in aerobic exercise and help reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and headaches.
Why do I get a pounding headache when I exercise?
“People have a tendency to unconsciously hold their breath during effort, like when you’re doing core work, for example,” said Danan. “This can increase your intracranial pressure, and the body’s response is a headache. It’s that tightness that causes a dull ache.”
How long do headaches last?
The average tension headache — the most common type of headache — lasts about four hours. But for some people, severe headaches drag on much longer, sometimes for several days. And these “never-ending headaches” can even cause anxiety.