Q I of­ten get a headache when lift­ing. How come? PM

Men's Health (Australia) - - Ask MH -

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.

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