Once you feel a headache coming on the last thing you think about doing is working out. But did you know you may be able to avoid or reduce the frequency of your headaches with physical activity, depending on the underlying cause of the headaches? It does not have to be a high-intensity sweat session at the gym, but some stress reducing stretches and low-impact exercises can help relieve and prevent headaches, if done on a regular basis.
There can be many health conditions that cause frequent headaches, with stress and lack of sleep two of the most common causes of tension headaches. Regular cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching can help clear your mind and allow for better sleep habits. Exercise also helps the body produce those natural, feel good chemicals called endorphins. Strength training and stretching exercises for your back and neck, along with breathing exercises can be helpful ways to manage headaches by activating muscles, promoting blood flow, and clearing your mind. To avoid triggering another headache or making your headache worse, you should always warm-up slowly and gradually build up your intensity when you exercise.
If tension and stress seem to be the root cause of your headaches try making time for some stretching, a walk outside, or maybe sign up for a yoga class. Find a type of physical activity that you enjoy and stick with it. Be sure to check out the variety of classes and professionals that HealthFit has to offer. They can help guide you on the path towards better health and well-being.