So you’ve mustered up the gym motivation to get to a class only to find your dumbbell exercises leave you with a splitting headache.
You absently mindedly find yourself Googling, ‘Why do I get headaches after working out?’ whilst rubbing your temples and praying the nagging pain will go away.
But why do you get headaches after working out and is it normal?
WH asked Mike Donavanik, a strength coach and fitness expert, to break it down for you.
WHY DO I GET HEADACHES AFTER WORKING OUT?
Throbbing temples are so not what you need when you’re trying to nail that last perfect rep.
You know your body, and if something really doesn’t feel right, see your GP – but if the ache only hits in the weights room, there could be a simple explanation.
‘As you load your muscles, your blood vessels – including those in your brain – swell to carry more oxygen,’ says strength coach Mike Donavanik. ‘If the pressure is too great, you get an exertion headache.’ Blood plasma is mainly water so, while dehydration makes blood run thick, drinking enough water relieves undue pressure. Tension could also be to blame. ‘You tend to carry a lot in your neck and consequently inthe fascia around your skull,’ explains Donavanik.
Before you begin lifting, massage your traps (the muscles running from shoulder to neck) and move your head in circles. Here’s to gains minus pain.
Working out tonight? Try HIIT training, ab workouts for women or read up on the benefits of pilates.