Why Exercise is the Best Medicine

Between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from headaches each year. Many of those headache sufferers often turn to medication or retire to a dark room waiting for the pain to go away. However, other headache sufferers are finding relief by taking a proactive approach. Before headaches strike, they engage in aerobic exercise.

Their results are impressive: people who engage in aerobic exercise get fewer headaches, their headaches are less severe, and they have less of a need for serious drug-therapy programs. “People who regularly walk briskly or jog have reported dramatic improvements in their headaches,” declare Dr. Alan M. Rapoport and Dr. Fred D. Sheftell, founders and directors of the New England Center for Headache in Stamford, Connect-icut, and authors of several books about headaches.
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For the Relief of Migraines

As someone has said, headaches can be a real pain! Too many Americans suffer from the nagging pain and inconvenience of headaches. Some experience headaches caused by stress or tension, while others experience the intense throbbing of a migraine headache.

The length of pain from a headache is quite variable. A migraine may last anywhere from several hours to several days. Women are affected by migraines about three times more commonly than men. The pain associated with migraines can be so severe that individuals are unable to conduct routine activities. Headache is known to be a leading cause of absenteeism from work.
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