There are a number of great things that happen during an excellent workout: your mood increases on the one hand. Her sweaty T-shirt is a kind of badge of honor. And if you do it over and over again, the results are also a pretty good byproduct. But the last thing you want to deal with during an intense session? A Migraine
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Compared to headaches, migraines are severe, throbbing headaches on one or both sides of the head. Often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme photosensitivity, he is not exactly a fitness buddy's best friend.
If you're prone to migraines and moving like motion, you might get into a difficult situation, says Lawrence Newman, director of headaches and professor of neurology NYU Langone Health
"Exercise is a kind of double-edged sword," says Newman. "In general, we want people with migraine to do something to calm their brains. And to do that, you have to make regularity. Regular mealtimes, regular sleep and, of course, regular exercise.
Although the meat and potatoes of involve your routine of exercise, which may differ from those of your friends, doctors usually suggest that migraineurs get 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three days a week. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 1
"However, I say double-edged because it has been shown that nausea reduces headaches and sometimes causes pain," Newman continues. "It's certainly a case-by-case issue."
Are you thinking about training your next workout, migraines in tow? What you need to know:
Everyone is different
As Newman says, exercise can provoke an attack for some. You may feel well when you go to the gym, and then the onslaught of blood and endorphins causes new feelings throughout the body (and then in the head). Listen to your body. If your vision is blurry or you feel bad, these are important signs that you need to step away from the squat rack.
Hydration is important
Sufficient hydration is important for exercise, not just because the body loses water. If you are dehydrated, your sweat rate will decrease dramatically, which means that your body's ability to thermoregulate will also decrease significantly.
Overheating can definitely trigger migraines. Therefore, be especially careful about fluid intake. The CDC suggests suggests that men drink an average of about 3.7 liters daily. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends drinking about 500 ml of fluid, which is equivalent to about 17 ounces. two hours before training.
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"Eating one and a half hours before training is ideal," says Newman. "People who fast with low blood sugar are likely to get a severe headache."
Remember: we're not talking about a big dinner here. Think of something light that gives your body the fuel it needs for the effort (such as half a bagel of peanut butter, two hard-boiled eggs and a piece of toast or yogurt with cereal), and you do not strain mid-treadmill.
Relief in the pharmacy
There is nothing wrong with being careful. Newman suggests taking Aleve or another anti-inflammatory drug about an hour before training to prevent and prevent migraines.