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Exercise may help ease headaches 

Linda Stultz
Certified Fitness Trainer

Sometimes you know you should go for a walk but a nagging headache changes your mind. Well, think again before you decide not to go. Depending on the type of headache you have, walking could be just the answer.

A stress or tension headache can actually be eased and may even disappear completely during a walk. Getting your blood pumping will do one of two things. It will either take the headache away or make it noticeably worse. The problem is not knowing which will happen this time. Most of the time exercise will help because you are concentrating on your walk and what you are seeing or talking about with your walking partner and you tend to forget about your headache. Suddenly, when you do remember it, itís gone.

If you have frequent headaches and canít determine what is causing them, contact your doctor. Headaches can be caused by many different stimuli.

One cause of frequent headaches is allergies to food. Many people can not use artificial sweeteners. I used them for years and my headaches slowly got worse and worse. Due to a recent accident, I did not eat much for about two weeks. When I started to eat more, I noticed my headaches returning. Since my body was cleansed of almost all food, I slowly incorporated back what I normally ate and to my surprise discovered that the sweetener was the cause of my headaches. A very, very big problem solved by cutting out one thing.

Foods, odors, sounds and even colors can cause headaches for some people. Try to solve your headache problem by conducting some simple test yourself, but if that doesnít work, call your doctor. I now have my life back and it makes such a difference living headache-free.

Sharing your personal experience or solution to headaches or other ailments can help someone else. Thatís why I felt it was so important to write this article. If I had only known years ago, I would not have suffered with headaches for so long. The answer to your headache or other ailment may also be the answer for someone else. Tell your friends and family if you have discovered something like I did. It may be just what somebody needs to get their life back and feel good again.

If you have any questions or need help getting started, please call me 717-334-6009, or via e-mail at fitness@emmitsburg.net

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