According to a recent study, people who aren’t active may have a higher risk of developing frequent headaches. The results, based on surveys of more the 68,000 adults residing in Norway, found that those who never exercised were 14 percent more likely than their more active counterparts to develop headaches over an 11-year period.
The findings suggest that a lack of exercise may be a risk factor for developing non-migraine headaches.
It’s not clear why a sedentary lifestyle might contribute to headaches, lead researcher Emma Varkey, of the Cephalea Headache Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden, told Reuters Health. But the findings suggest that protection from headaches could potentially be another reason for people to stay active.
The findings are based on two large surveys of adults age 20 and older. One questioned 22,397 adults about their exercise habits and other health factors, along with a follow up questionnaire 11 years later.
The second survey involved 46,648 adults who were questioned about their current exercise levels and any headache symptoms.
There are, however, still questions about the types of exercise that are best for people with frequent headaches, according to Varkey.
Headaches can ruin any day. If you are getting headaches on a regular basis you may be looking for any relief you can find. Regular exercise can help to reduce the frequency of headaches and improve your overall health.
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