As a “migraineur” your dilemma may be “to exercise or not to exercise.” It’s a delicate balancing act, but one, done correctly and within the parameters of your own migraine experience, can have great advantages. For the good of your overall health, exercising is beneficial. You should start slowly. Try walking at a slow pace.
If you have a treadmill available and find being outside is a trigger for you, indoor exercise is much more logical. One thing we find from experience, sometimes you can do one thing, and another time the when doing the same thing, it triggers a migraine. So, listen to your body as you exercise.
One of the easiest ways to start, is to walk. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous walk (and if you are just beginning it such be just the opposite–slow and steady to begin); nor does it have to be for an extended period of time.
To begin with, walk fairly slowly to moderately and try 10-15 minutes to see how your body reacts (if you are on a treadmill, try starting off around 2.5). If you do well, next time, try 15-20 minutes, and so on, increasing length of exercise and intensity.
If you feel a gym would be beneficial to you, join one to begin with that doesn’t cost much but where you can take advantage of their machines and ellipticals.
Yes, it trial and error; a juggling act. But remember — begin slowly.
Be vigilant and keep a diary of when migraines occur, noting exactly what was going on prior to the attack, including stress level, sleep loss, mood changes, exercise patterns and so on.
Don’t let migraines become an excuse not to exercise. Ideally, you need to understand how exercise affects your migraines and adjust accordingly — which is not a license to say, “Okay, I won’t exercise.”
So, let’s get going. Determine you are going to give this a try. Start with a steady walk for 15 minutes, and let me know how it goes. Help yourmigraines and headaches naturally.
About the writer – Lynn Wadsworth,Board Certified Health Coach (AADP) – Holistic Health & Wellness, LLC
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