6 Exercise Excuses a Sweat Session Can Solve
Exercise excuse: "I’m afraid I'll trigger a migraine."
Tough love truth: Exercise may ward off migraines just as well as drugs do.
Getting relief from the frequency of painful headaches could be as easy as hopping in the saddle. Biking for 40 minutes three times a week yielded fewer migraines after 3 to 6 months, according to a 2009 study from University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. Plus, participating cyclists reported that the occasional migraines they did have were less severe. In a follow-up study published last year, scientists assigned 90 migraine patients to a regimen of medication, relaxation exercises, or 40 minutes of cardio three times a week, and found a similar reduction in symptoms regardless of whether participants took drugs or worked up a sweat. The one difference: Popping a pill won’t burn any calories. (Search: Tips for beginner cyclists)