An interesting revelation at the 18’th Congress of the International Headache Society held this September in Vancouver was that we should now seriously think of exercising less.
Most of us are aware that the best “pill” to keep this migraine monster at bay is regular exercises. Just a small movement daily every week can make a big difference.
But all those who exercise for 30 minutes or more in a day may face serious issues in future.
But all those who want to get some serious exercise in over the course of week may often have a problem. Well, maybe few problems. But in this article, the main problem is time. Where in our daily busy schedules (often interrupted by migraine) how will we ever going to find some time?
Yes, everybody knows that regular exercises will ultimately pay off-you will have more energy, fewer migraine days, you will be more productive and alert. But sometimes this isn’t enough to motivate us.
But this interesting study carried out in the Switzerland might help a little.
The study of 22 women and 5 men included two entirely different workout plans:
- 40 minutes twice per week = 80 minutes every week
- 22 minutes twice per week = 44 minutes every week
Both the groups saw considerable improvement-fewer migraine days. But the second group experienced better improvement.
What’s the real catch? Well, this catch-a sort of- is that both groups actually burned the same amount of calories. In other words, the second group had a more intense exercise.
The actual details of the two types of exercises discussed can be read here: High-Intensity Training Bests Moderate Exercise for Migraine
The group that finally showed better results used HIT, or high intensity interval training. But interesting thing to keep in mind is that they exercised much less per week and had a much better result. In fact, in the past year, they would exercise for just 25.4 hours less than the other group-that’s more than a day of your life. (Actually, almost three days, depending on how much sleep you get!)
Why this difference? According to lead author Alice Minghetti……………
When you do high-intensity training, your body, for a certain period of time, has to have some adaptations in your system, so you may need higher oxygen supply after the workout than you do when you’ve just continuous, moderate-pace exercise. So especially the ones who’re super busy or feel high intensity is the best thing for them……it’s a much promising exercise regimen.
The biggest drawback for migraine patients is that our brains usually don’t like to change. Therefore, sudden changes such as high intensity training could easily trigger attack in some. But keep in mind, these were real migraine patients. And even with that issue in mind, headache days were fewer with either kinds of exercise.
So, if you really want, there is no harm is giving it a try. If you just can’t-you can try to increase your exercise-or any kind of movement- gradually. It can turn out to be your best ever treatment.