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A Headache at Workout Time

Is it a good idea to do a workout with a headache?

How many times have you put off a workout because of a headache?

Headaches are no fun. They can get in the way of the concentration needed for fitness activities. So, how do we decide if we should or should not go for it with a pounding head?

If you seem to suffer on a regular basis from headaches, it is important that you work closely with your physician to determine the root cause and a good treatment plan before you begin or proceed with an exercise program. Your own doctor can give very specific recommendations on exercises, as well as what you should definitely avoid.

Here are a few tips that may be beneficial during headache time.

  • Dehydration
    A common cause of headaches is dehydration. Be sure that you drink a few glasses of water every 2-3 hours. Hydrating the body can alleviate some headaches.
  • Small Headaches
    Stretching and low impact fitness can improve how you feel because your body produces endorphins when you exercise.
  • Foam Roller
    Release tension in your shoulders and upper body with foam roller use. It is possible that releasing tension in this way will help you feel better.
  • Take a Walk
    Taking a walk is a good way to see if your stress or head pain will subside with gentle activity.


It’s never a good idea to try to go full throttle with a bad headache.

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Charmaine Gregory

I am a nocturnist Emergency Physician, wife, mom to three vivacious cherubs as well as a greatness and virtual fitness coach. I help busy women like myself reclaim their fitness and wellness mojo and unleash their greatness! Watch my story and get a complimentary health assessment here: My Story If you are like me and have picky eaters in your fold, join my Facebook group, Picky Eaters Strong Mom here: Picky Eater Strong Mom Facebook Group

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