When to exercise and when not

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Sep 19, 2021, 11:51

When to exercise and when not?
Myths around training during headaches, periods and colds

Going to the gym or on a yoga mat has become a part of our daily life for most of us, because being in good shape and well allows us to counter the stress levels that we experience on a daily basis.

But, some might assume that you should not exercise while having a headache, a cold, during menstruation and / and premenstrual days.

However, the fact is not what you think it is.

When you have a headache, do the opposite … exercise!

Exercise actually reduces the frequency of headaches, and those with chronic migraines should continue their regimen to reduce the pain.

Also, doing exercises when you have a headache is different from having headaches after the same ones, called exertional headaches.

Stress headaches are seen in a small percentage of people and shouldn’t be taken as a rule that applies to everyone, experts said.

Expert Shatters The Myth of Exercise and Headaches

“People with exercise-induced headaches have a very rare condition… using that to tell headache patients not to exercise is a myth we don’t want to propagate,” said Chicago-based neurologist Dr. Nabih Ramadan, chair of the United States National Headache Foundation (NHF) Biomedical Research and Education Committee.

Getting your period shouldn’t be a reason to stop exercising

Getting your period shouldn't be a reason to stop exercising

Many believe that during your period, you should avoid exercising.

But going to the gym during this time reduces pain, cramps, bloating, depression, mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and nausea because endorphins, the feel-good hormones, are released when you pump yourself.

Even a 15-minute walk, twice a day, works.

However, you shouldn’t exercise for long or hard. Also avoid poses such as the inversion type.

Exercising during the premenstrual phase helps relieve itchy symptoms

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a common occurrence these days, which exhibits symptoms such as bloating, hunger pangs, growling, and fatigue.

Although energy levels are low during this time, exercise helps relieve symptoms.

Indeed, a study published in the Journal of Health Education and Promotion, said that exercising for three days a week, for eight weeks, had shown positive results on physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Keep these things in mind before you start to exercise

Keep these things in mind before you start to exercise

Although physical exercise is a cure for these problems, there are a few things you need to take care of:

Heavy or prolonged exercise should be avoided when you have these aforementioned conditions and do relatively easy exercises.

Consult your doctor in case of worsening pain and post-exercise effects.

You can also exercise if you have a cold, but stay hydrated because the cold dries you out anyway.

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