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BUNNYLAMB
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4/12/13 2:58 P

In addition to talking to your doctor and staying hydrated, something that has helped my own workout-related migraines has been paying attention to my breathing. Without realizing it I was holding my breath through tough moments and it was triggering migraines. Now that I've made breathing a priority (that sounds funny somehow!) I'm able to work out much longer.

I also swim more than I used to because I don't get too hot in the pool--but I'm lucky to have a couple near my work!

Good luck and I hope you find a solution!

Edited by: BUNNYLAMB at: 4/12/2013 (14:59)


MOTIVATED@LAST
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4/9/13 7:32 P

A few ideas to keep cool while exercising:

* mall walking
* walking in the early morning, and stick to the shady side of the road
* consider 3 x 10 minute workouts throughout the day, rather than 1 x 30 minute workout
* splash some water over yourself before your workout, so that you get the benefit of evaporative cooling even before the sweating response kicks in
* for the DVD, don't just use the AC, but position yourself directly under a vent, or in front of a fan - the air movement significantly increases the rate of evaporation and cooling effect of sweating
* keep a cold compress handy (over the back of the neck is great) - even something as simple as ice cubes wrapped in a towel
* put some ice cubes in your water bottle

You may be limited as to workout intensity and duration, but honestly, how long and how hard you work out is less important than just that you do it regularly.

M@L



LILLIPUTIANNA
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4/9/13 11:36 A

Yep. Talk to your doc.

I have migraines...and I would suggest that you make sure to stay hydrated. That helps me...but again, your doctor will be the best person to get advice from.

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DRAGONCHILDE
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4/9/13 10:08 A

Agreed. Because of your unique medical conditions, none of us here can nor should make recommendations for you. A doctor can guide you, or refer you to a physical therapist who is qualified to design a safe, effective program for you.



LEC358
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4/9/13 9:48 A

Talk to your doctor. He/she is a) the most qualified and b) the most familiar with your condition to advise you on this kind of thing. Good luck!



JAMIECASSELL
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4/9/13 9:33 A

I have had migraines since I was three years old. I was told they are caused (in me at least) by petit mal seizures, the absent seizure. When I exercise and get too hot, it can trigger a migraine and it has been a huge factor in my physical activity my entire life. Does anyone have exercise suggestions that would prevent overheating? I don't have a pool and the nearest gym is 30 minutes away. Right now I walk laps around town, with many breaks, or I do a DVD in the house in the AC. I just don't feel like I'm getting a workout. Please help!



 
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