Why Do I Get Headaches When I Work Out?

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Why Do I Get Headaches When I Work Out?

I think we can all agree that headaches are a pain, literally. Because there are so many different reasons that headaches occur, a majority of society lives with constant headaches. From not drinking enough water, to eyestrain, to exercise, headaches come in all sizes and pain levels. It is typical to wonder why you get a headache when you work out. There could be a number of reasons as to why this happens. Make sure that if you consult with your doctor before making any major changes to your diet or exercise routine. We want to help our citizens get the best workout possible, which is why we have put together some information about exercise based headaches and how you can treat and avoid them.

Exercise headaches occur during or after strenuous exercise. While no one really knows why this happens, causes such as heat, dehydration, elevation, and blood pressure are thought to play a part. Since these headaches come on with exercise, they typically do not last very long, from about five minutes to two hours. This is what lets us know that exercise is what caused your headache. Some people get headaches every time they work out, and some only once in a while. While outside forces, such as heat and elevation, play a part in exercise headaches, it is always important to talk to your doctor to make sure it is nothing serious.

Typically you can drink plenty of water and stay cool during your workout to ensure you do not get a headache. However, this is not always an easy fix. Some people get headaches when their heart beat gets too high or their blood pressure rises. In these cases, slow and steady workouts would be the way to go. Since you may not know if outside or inside forces bring on your headache, it is best to speak with your doctor. Also doing a trial and error workout week could be helpful. For example, workout in cool and then heat and see which brings on your headache. If you still get a headache after both, then heat is not the problem. Next try playing with your heart rate. Do a slow workout and the next day a faster one and see if your heart rate has anything to do with your headache. After a while you might narrow down your headache to a specific problem that you could be able to fix.

Some overall tips to follow is to eat and drink before a workout, and drink water throughout your workout to ensure you stay hydrated. Another thing you can do to lower your headaches is to take a preferred painkiller before you start working out. Also focus on your breathing and try to keep a steady heart rate. This might seem like little things, but they make a difference after awhile. As stated before, check in with your doctor to make sure that your headaches are not a serious condition. If you have questions or want to start your Fit Republic membership, call your local Fit Republic or contact us here.