Exercise Headache: 9 Tips (Graphic)

Exercise Headache - 9 Tips

  1. Warm up / Cool down
  2. Start slow / end slow  (don’t suddenly start/stop intense exercise programs)
  3. Hydrate
  4. Posture
  5. Mild preventative medication  (talk to your doctor)
  6. Take something salty  (salt tablets are recommended only for very intense exercise in heat. Otherwise, try tomato juice or pretzels)
  7. Glucose tablets
  8. NSAIDs (ie Advil)  (talk to your doctor)
  9. Stay steady  (Exercise programs that constantly “change things up” and “surprise the body” may not be best for you)

Obviously the graphic doesn’t give a lot of extra information.  But do check out End exercise induced headache and Get a Headache after Working Out? (don’t miss the comments!)

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  • Ilex May 13, 2013

    This article and the study it profiled have made me very concerned regarding taking NASIDs in conjunction with exercise:
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/for-athletes-risks-from-ibuprofen-use/

    Which is too bad because I used to take them to help with exercise induced headache/migraine (at a Dr.’s suggestion).

    • chris May 14, 2013

      Ilex – with migraine one of the best exercise’s is to walk and relax your shoulders and face muscles, upper body workouts will cause the problem. The muscles are involved in migraine – the thinking is that they are compressing the trigeminal nerve and an inappropriate response is happening which is migraine pain. Painkillers eventually exacerbate migraine as do triptans.

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