This week it's Migraine Awareness Week. Migraine is the third most common disease on the planet affecting millions of people. In fact, one in seven people in the world suffers from migraine.
Migraine Awareness Week was set up to raise awareness of the condition – a recurrent throbbing headache that usually affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.
Regular exercise can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines as well as the less debilitating but still painful humble headache. Exercise helps both of these conditions because the body releases its natural painkiller called endorphins.
Exercise also reduces stress and helps people to sleep more soundly at night. Stress and lack of sleep are two of the major triggers of migraines and headaches.
Some people though may actually get headaches or migraines when they exercise. One reason may be the raising of blood pressure. But this is not an excuse to avoid exercise – which is, of course, greatly beneficial for overall health.
Instead, when exercising, follow a plan like this to prevent headaches and migraines developing:
Help raise awareness of migraines this week by joining the conversation on social media using hashtags #letsbeatmigraine and #migraineawarenessweek.