While exercise seems like the last thing on your mind when discussing migraines, it could actually help prevent your next one. A recent study from the University of Washington School of Medicine found that exercise is helpful in preventing migraine triggers, like stress, depression, and sleep issues.
Exercise increases levels of serotonin and dopamine in the body which is tied to fewer headaches, better mood, and improved overall well-being. Ready to skip your next migraine? Then let’s get moving!
While you may be incapable of working out during a migraine, take steps to stay active on days you do not have migraines. Think about how you like to move your body. Do you like walking? Jogging? Lifting weights? Cycling? The choice is yours. Not only does exercise help prevent migraine triggers, but also promotes heart health and weight management which are tied to migraines.
Not sure where to start? Explore some of the workouts below for simple ways to get your body moving:
With warmer months ahead, this can be a great time to get outside and get walking. If you live near forest preserves or nature parks, take friends or family along with you for a walk throughout the park. Use the internet to find nature trails near you or branch out and try new locations.
Taking walks in nature allows you to move your body, but also gets you some time out in the sun! This natural source of Vitamin D is tied to improved mood and increased energy.
Cycling (Indoor or Outdoor)
Similar to nature walks, cycling is a leisurely way to explore nature and get outside. It’s also a low-impact exercise that can be good for those with knee pain or need a workout that is less strenuous on the joints.
For those looking for more of an adventure, cycle on trails with inclines or rolling hills. Finally, indoor cycling classes done on spin bikes is a high-energy and high-intensity exercise that is fun, yet challenging.