When you’re a busy professional, tension headaches can be part of your life. When you get a tension headache, it’s natural to just reach for some medicine and go lie down in a dark room. However, working out may be a better way to relieve your tension headache. Tension headaches are caused by muscle tension from stress. Working out relieves that muscle tension. It also helps relieve the stress that caused the tension. Plus, exercising helps increase the blood flow which can also help ease some of the pain.
 
In order to get relief for a tension headache from exercise, you’ll want to do low impact exercises. Since you’re in pain, it can be difficult to do a full fledged workout. You’ll also need to make sure that you take the time to properly warm up before working out. That will help you ease into working out when you are in pain. Here are some options our personal trainers recommend for relieving tension headaches.
 
Yoga: Yoga is a great workout for tension headaches because it is meditative, focuses on breathing, and stretches out your muscles. You’ll want to focus on poses that help relieve stress in your head, neck, and back. We recommend:
 
● Cat/cow pose
● Eagle arms
● Child’s pose
● Standing Forward Fold
● Dolphin Pose
● Reverse Prayer
● Seated Spine Twist
 
Light Cardio: Another great option is light cardio. Walking on a treadmill, low impact cycling, or a slower session on the elliptical can help release the tension. If you don’t have access to the gym because you are at work, you can take a walk around the neighborhood.
 
Resistance Training: Resistance training is great for relieving tension. Grab a set of resistance bands and work your arms, shoulders, and back. Working with resistance bands daily can also help prevent headaches as well. So if you get them frequently, you should consider adding upper body resistance training to your routine. Talk to your personal trainer for some tips.
 
Finally, if your headache is so bad that you can’t imagine working out, a foam roller can be really helpful. Using a foam roller on your head, neck, and back can help you relax while removing the physical tension causing your headache.
 
Working out regularly can help you reduce your stress and may help prevent your tension headaches. To find a workout that fits into your busy life, contact Everlasting Changes. Our personal trainers in Charlotte will work with you to make sure that your work out works for you. Call us now for 3 risk-free, complimentary sessions. We include a 30-day guarantee on all of our packages.

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