Get off the couch and treat your migraine
Let's face it -- we've become a nation of couch potatoes.
According to United States Bureau of Labor statistics, the average woman has 5 hours of leisure time each day and will spend about 3 hours of that time watching television. Less than one in every six women participates in a sport, exercise, or other physical recreation on any given day.
Physical exercise is important for everyone -- and especially important if you have migraines. A new study that will be published later this year in the International Journal of Sports Medicine reports on a small study showing that aerobic exercise reduces migraines. In this study, eight migraine patients were treated with an exercise program and another eight didn't exercise and were a comparison group. The exercise was a 50-minute aerobic program 3 times a week for ten weeks. The aerobics had a 10-minute warm-up, 30 minutes of jogging, and then a 10-minute cool down.
Here are the study results:
- Migraines were reduced by at least half in two of three women in the jogging group
- The number of days with migraines dropped by 40 percent in the exercise group and increased 9 percent in the non-exercising group
- Migraine intensity dropped by 43 percent with exercise and was unchanged in the non-exercise group
- Migraine duration dropped by 56 percent with exercise and 38 percent in the non-exercise group
So turn off that television and get moving.
Can you tell when a migraine attack is coming?