Q I often get a headache when lifting. How come? PM
Could be an exertion headache – a throbbing around your temples. Before your workout, drink three or four glasses of water; dehydration won’t help. Then warm up – that can reduce sudden rises in intracranial pressure. Feel it coming on? Pour cold water over your head – it may help constrict blood vessels on the scalp, easing pressure. Now a band-like pain extending from back to front could be a tension headache: avoid moves that stress your lower neck (barbell squat), lighten the load or do fewer reps.