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When Training Goes To Your Head

Written by Professor Gordon S. Lynch

If training regularly leaves you with a headache, it's worth looking into the cause. The cure could be simple.

Training headaches will usually be no more than a sign you're dehydrated or simply struggling with the stresses of work or other commitments. Occasionally however, when you're pushing hard during a workout - or sneezing, coughing or laughing - you may experience what is called an ‘exertion headache'. These occur simply because our blood pressure is raised suddenly and, for a short while, doesn't subside. Head pain is the result. The pain should disappear if you reduce the intensity of the exercise (or stop laughing so hard).


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