Whether headaches are a regular part of your life or something you only deal with occasionally, let’s face it: they are a pain. Headaches can be brought on by a variety of things, including stress, illness and even weather changes. But what if your headaches are caused by something that’s supposed to make you feel good and improve your health?|
For some people, exercise can trigger headaches during a workout—or when it's over. If you've ever suffered from an exercise-induced headache, you may wonder whether you have to give up on fitness in order to avoid pain. Although there is no magic cure, there are things you can do to lessen the frequency and severity of headaches brought on by exercise.
Symptoms and Causes
For some people, headaches result during strenuous activities such as weight lifting, running, swimming or rowing. There are two different kinds of exercise headaches depending on their cause:
Should I Talk to My Doctor?
No matter how often you experience exertion headache or how serious the symptoms are, it’s best to discuss the problem with your doctor so they can rule out any other medical issues and develop a plan for dealing with them.
Consider starting a diary to document when the headaches occur. This can help you detect trends and also provide helpful information for your doctor when discussing your symptoms. Document your answers to the following questions: