Per­sis­tent headaches

Men's Fitness - - Beat Disease -

‘A type of headache called a pri­mary ex­er­tional headache of­ten oc­curs when lift­ing weights or swim­ming. It’s caused by changes in pres­sure of blood ves­sels in the brain dur­ing ex­er­cise. Re­train­ing your pos­ture to re­duce neck ex­ten­sion – by pulling your chin back and length­en­ing your spine to a more neu­tral po­si­tion – and us­ing proper breath­ing tech­niques when lift­ing heavy weights can erad­i­cate headaches.’

Stom­ach ache

‘To pre­vent stom­ach ache, avoid hav­ing a solid meal for at least three hours be­fore ex­er­cise and al­ways stay well hy­drated. This will re­duce ab­dom­i­nal pain dur­ing ex­er­cise.’

Back pain

‘Get­ting biome­chan­ics cor­rect – run­ning or cy­cle pos­ture – can re­duce back pain by trans­form­ing the way force is trans­mit­ted through your body. De­creas­ing the amount of time spent seated, ei­ther at work, at home or in the car, can also greatly re­duce the risk.’

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