Avoiding Summer Stress Headaches

Jul 08, 2013 37 Comments by Disclosure

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, release endorphins and feel great about yourself. However, be careful when exercising in the summer. The combination of exercise and heat increases your core body temperature and decreases the blood circulation to the muscles you’re using. Because of this strain and potential dehydration, you may get headaches more frequently.[1] It’s very hot and humid here in Coastal NC, but I don’t let that stop me from staying fit in the Summer time! I still exercise daily, but I have to make sure that I follow some very important advice when I do!  

Here is some very good advice from Kathy Kaehler, a Fitness Expert who has appeared in numerous shows and publications, and has even been trainer to the stars!

  • You can’t always control the weather, but there are plenty of triggers you can easily keep in check by understanding what they are and how to combat them.
  • Here are some headache triggers you might run into while exercising in the warm weather, along with some tips to stay cool and keep these triggers at bay:
    • Be Flexible with Your Routine: Exercise in the morning instead of on hot afternoons.  Stay indoors when humidity is high instead of working out outside. During the hot summer months, wear thin, breathable clothes while exercising outdoors and test out classes in a gym as opposed to outdoor workouts.[2]
    • Dehydration: Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your workout. Try to refrain from drinking beverages that leave you parched, such as soda and excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol. After your workout, moisturize your skin to keep your whole body hydrated.[3]
    • Light: Wear sunglasses or a baseball cap when exercising outside. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in cooler areas. Try not to embark on that 10-mile run on the hot asphalt during the brightest (and most scorching) part of the day, when light is reflecting at you from all angles.[4]

I can’t always avoid my headaches, especially during the summer; so when I get one, I take Excedrin® Extra Strength to help get me get back on track. Excedrin® is a trusted brand with more than 50 years’ experience providing effective headache relief. I’ve used it for years, and it has more often than not, knocked my headache out so I can get back to doing the things I need to do!

Excedrin® Extra Strength is a combination pain reliever – acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine – that provides temporary relief of headaches.  Use only as directed.

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This post sponsored by Excedrin. I am being paid for my time on this post and giveaway. Any opinions, as always, are my own.

[1] Information obtained from Mayoclinic.com
[2]Information obtained from Heart.org
[3] Information obtained from Headachemag.org
[4] Information obtained from The Sun Chronicle
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About the author

Monica Brady, is the Owner, Author and Chief Mom Blogger of Mommy Brain Reports and her personal blog, MonicaBrady.net. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 15 years, and is a work at home mother to her beautiful identical twin girls, Alexandra and Victoria. In 2009, they moved cross country from California to coastal North Carolina, and love their new home. When she's not spending time with her girls, she's either working on her blog writing up reviews on some really cool products, working on giveaway posts, participating in events with her sponsors, or doing her work as a Social Media Consultant. Monica has had the opportunities to participate in some amazing campaigns with some amazing brands, and loves the relationships she's developed with each one of them.

37 Responses to “Avoiding Summer Stress Headaches”

  1. Denise S says:

    I like reading in bed.

  2. tiffany lane says:

    A hot bubble bath is wonderful

  3. Katie K says:

    Like going for a run to de-stress

  4. Geoff K says:

    Putting on my headphones and crashing on the couch or in bed for an hour or two!

  5. Shannon Baas says:

    a long hot bath.

  6. deana c says:

    My favorite way to de-stress is a good book and a soak in my hot tub

  7. Tari Lawson says:

    I like to destress with a cup of hot tea.

  8. vicki wurgler says:

    I enjoy riding my bike

  9. Mihaela D. says:

    a cup of coffee and a good book

  10. tamar says:

    I like music :)

  11. Alicia Whybra says:

    Nice bubble bath, candles and sweet red wine!! :)

  12. Robert Brown says:

    I love to cook, always a great reward in the end, while taking your mind off of your problems.

  13. Tiffany W says:

    I like to listen to music.

  14. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I usually go for a massage or run on the treadmill.

  15. kristin sims says:

    well, get a glass of wine, and sit on my back screened in porch

  16. Ruben Ramos says:

    Video games or writing novels

  17. Brenda W. Quinn says:

    Hot bath + cold drink + good book = relaxation

  18. Sherri Jackson says:

    Nice warm bath and reading a book…

  19. Veronica L. says:

    Taking a relaxing bubble bath with lavender oil

  20. Tanya White says:

    Getting a massage and a pedicure

  21. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I like to read or go for a walk by myself.

  22. Christine says:

    like to listen to music

  23. Diane baum says:

    A bubble bath

  24. tina reynolds says:

    I love taking a long walk

  25. ROSE O. says:

    I like to de-stress by taking a long bath.

  26. Lesley F says:

    I like taking a long walk

  27. Debra Hall says:

    my favorite way is to read or listen to music

  28. harolde says:

    A nice cup of tea!

  29. Deb S says:

    Either get a massage or a cup of tea and curl up with a book.

  30. jules m. says:

    a long hot bubble bath

  31. Cálaeb Temple says:

    long walks!

  32. Laurie Emerson says:

    My favorite way is to grab a apple, a book and a glass of sweet tea and sit in the quiet in our overstuffed chair.

  33. Danielle D says:

    Listen to music

  34. Karrie Millheim says:

    Taking a bath and putting on the headphones. I seem to have alot of stress lately.. i love everyones ideas :)

  35. Pauline M says:

    There is nothing better than a few hours in the massage chair getting a mani/pedi!

  36. Sand says:

    I exercise to de-stress.

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