Cure a headache with running?
We all occasionally get headaches. Some are worse than others, where it’s hard to focus on anything besides the throbbing feeling in your head. I have found that when I have a headache strike, I lace up my sneaks and go for a run and my headache begins to subside. Exercise releases endorphines, which can dull pain. It doesn’t need to be a run to help your headache; any form of exercise can help.
If you are getting frequent headaches, try to determine what is triggering your headache. Headaches are often a result of dehydration, so drink plenty of fluids. I have experienced dehydration-induced headaches after doing hot yoga and from long runs in summer heat, and it is not pretty! Consume sports drinks and water before, during, and after exercises where you are losing large amounts of sweat. ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) experts recommend water losses due to sweating during exercise be replaced at a rate close to or equal to the sweating rate. This can be accomplished by weighing yourself before and after the exercise bout. On average, athletes typically lose anywhere between 17 to 67 fluid ounces of sweat per hour. That equates to roughly 1 to 4 pounds worth of sweat. You should try not to lose anymore than 2% of your body weight due to fluid loss during exercise.
Headaches are also often caused by tension, and are the most common type among adults, sometimes referred to as “stress” headaches. Exercise serves as a highly effective stress management tool and is a great treatment (and preventative) for that pounding headache.