According to the study, exercise can prevent migraines just as well as traditional medication.
Exercise seems to be a magic pill. It reduces your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and it improves your mood. Turns out, if you suffer from migraines, it can also help to prevent them.
Because working out improves blood flow and helps you relax, it makes sense that exercise would help prevent migraines. And, in fact, some doctors have been prescribing exercise as a treatment for migraines for years, although no research has ever been found that support exercise as treatment. Until now that is. A randomized controlled study published in the journal Cephalalgia, found that when migraine patients exercised for 40 minutes three times a week, that it was just as effective as traditional drug treatment (the drug topiramate) at preventing migraines.
Do you suffer from migraines? Will this help you to get to the gym more often?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.