Avoiding Headache Triggers This Summer

Avoiding Headache Triggers This Summer

I am posting this as part of a compensated Excedrin Ambassador program. All opinions are 100% my own.

exercise_heatSummer is here and the kids are home…. what’s a parent to do? As the temperatures climb our first reaction is to retreat inside… but then the kids turn into couch potatoes or worse, start fighting. Instead, our family has set a goal to spend at least a few hours outside daily. The kids will be playing, but this Momma has decided to try to drop a few of these winter pounds by exercising. Staying cool while outside is a huge issue for all of us.

Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, release endorphins, lose a few pounds and feel great about yourself. However, we have to be careful when exercising outside in the summer. The combination of exercise and heat increases a persons core body temperature and decreases the blood circulation to the muscles they’re using. Because of this strain and potential dehydration, you may get headaches more frequently.[1]  My oldest son can attest to this… he gets migraines often due to dehydration and has to stay on top of his fluid intake while outside.

You can’t always control the weather, but there are plenty of triggers you can easily keep in check by understanding what they are and how to combat them.

Fitness expert Kathy Kaehler offers some tips about headache triggers you might run into while exercising in the warm weather, along with some ways to stay cool and keep these triggers at bay:

  • Be Flexible with Your Routine: Exercise in the morning instead of on hot afternoons. 
  • Stay indoors when humidity is high instead of working out outside. During the hot summer months, wear thin, breathable clothes while exercising outdoors and test out classes in a gym as opposed to outdoor workouts.[2]
  • Dehydration: Be sure to stay hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your workout. Try to refrain from drinking beverages that leave you parched, such as soda and excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol. After your workout, moisturize your skin to keep your whole body hydrated.[3]
  • Light: Wear sunglasses or a baseball cap when exercising outside. Take frequent breaks in the shade or in cooler areas. Try not to embark on that 10-mile run on the hot asphalt during the brightest (and most scorching) part of the day, when light is reflecting at you from all angles.[4]       

[1] Information obtained from Mayoclinic.com
[2]Information obtained from Heart.org
[3] Information obtained from Headachemag.org
[4] Information obtained from The Sun Chronicle

I can’t always avoid my headaches, especially during the summer; so when I get one, I take Excedrin® Extra Strength to help get me get back on track. With more than 50 years’ experience providing effective headache relief, they are a brand I trust. Both my son and husband experience migraines that won’t budge without Excedrin® Extra Strength. Excedrin works for them because it’s a combination pain reliever – acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine that provides temporary relief of headaches.

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Comments

  1. Britt Brill says:

    My husband uses Excedrin for his migraines. This is the only thing that works and it works well!

  2. Jeanna says:

    I learned that Caffeine is also an ingredient in many prescription headache medications. I also learned that there is a $1 off printable coupon on the website!

  3. Darlene Ysaguirre says:

    There are 7 different Excedrin products

  4. Tamar says:

    I like that there is an article that shows the types of headaches and their causes.

  5. Austin Baroudi says:

    I like the Excedrin® Migraine because it really works wonders when I get them!

  6. Maureen says:

    Tension-type headaches are sometimes called muscle contraction headaches. The pain is usually a dull ache on both sides of the head and has been described as feeling like a tight band across the front of the head. It is also associated with stiffness of the neck/shoulder and frequent pain.

  7. Mayla M says:

    I leaned that brain chemistry might be the cause of headaches.

  8. Mary Cloud says:

    I like that they contain Caffeine to help ease the headache off
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  9. Cynthia R says:

    i didn’t realize excedrin had a mentral pill.

  10. Nicole Newby says:

    I like that it’s a safe alternative to prescriptions that contain caffeine.

  11. heather eg kaufman says:

    I like the $1 coupon on the site, which I will be printing out!

  12. Debra Hall says:

    i learned to keep a headache diary

  13. Michelle H. says:

    I learned they have a $1.00 coupon on their site.

  14. Heather Manu says:

    I learned about the different types of headaches.

  15. Maria Iemma says:

    I’ve used Excedrin for many years and I sing it’s praises to my friends and family – it is the only thing I take for my headaches and it works!

  16. sarah oswald says:

    I learned they had a medicine for all different types of pains. I thought they only made what I consider the original Excedrin.

  17. shannon oelrich says:

    I love that it has always been the most effective on my headaches

  18. Rose Gonzales says:

    I liked the page where it tells you about the different types of headaches and their causes. Knowledge is power ! 🙂

  19. Sarah VM says:

    I’d like to try the Excedrin® Menstrual Complete.

  20. Bo says:

    I learned that the two main types of headaches are tension and migraines!

  21. Stephanie Larison says:

    Excedrin Migraine tablets…they’re the only thing that works on my headaches.

  22. Danielle Papsis says:

    I learned Excedrin contains acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine.

  23. Donna W. says:

    I learned there are 7 different excedrin products

  24. Rita M says:

    I like that the website has information on most types of pain – everything from migraines to sinus!

  25. Amanda Rauch says:

    I learned that headaches are a main side affect of dehydration.

  26. barbara n says:

    I am a headache sufferer….migraines, sinus and stress and am definitely going to try Excedrin Extra Strength!

  27. Racquel S says:

    I didn’t know they offered a menstrual excedrin!

  28. bonnye sensenig says:

    I read about Triggers and patterns- great info to have!

  29. Mihaela D. says:

    I liked thearticle that shows the types of headaches and their causes

  30. Monique Rizzo says:

    I learned that caffeine helps with headaches.
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  31. Carla says:

    I learned that they have an app to track migrane triggers. pretty cool

  32. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would also love to try the Excedrin® Menstrual Complete. I never knew they had this!

  33. Julie says:

    I love the Excedrin Migraine… best medicine ever.

  34. Desiree Dunbar says:

    I would love to try the Excedrin Back & Body.

  35. Lyn says:

    One of their Headache Prevention Tips: Remember to stay hydrated! Headaches are a main side affect of dehydration.

  36. Les Johnson says:

    I learned that there are several different kinds of headaches including tension and migraine.

  37. lisa says:

    7 different Excedrin products

  38. Nicole C. says:

    I like the Migraine Center.

  39. only if headaches were no such thing…

  40. Karen Gonyea says:

    I learned that Caffeine is also an ingredient in many prescription headache medications.
    Read more at http://www.ourkidsmom.com/2013/06/win-avoiding-headache-triggers-this-summer-excedrin-giveaway-ends-73/#D44SD66b2hgSHXXT.99

  41. Rachel Miller says:

    I didn’t realize they had a Back & Body formula….I’d like to try that for my back aches

  42. ryan minton says:

    i like that you can get a coupon from their website

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  43. Tanya White says:

    I learned that it’s the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.

  44. Tyneisha Fondren says:

    I like that Excedrin provides fast relief and has caffeine for added strength.

  45. Sonya says:

    I want to try the Excedrin Migraine!

  46. Deb S says:

    I like the app that helps track migranes

  47. Deb S says:

    I like the app that helps track migraines

  48. Jennifer Reed says:

    I learned that there are many different types of headaches that have different symptoms.

  49. Miz Vickik says:

    I like that it contains caffeine!

  50. Rebecca Lock says:

    I learned that they make something for tension headaches.

  51. Laurie Emerson says:

    I learned that there are different causes for different headches. I admit that I only thought a few things could bring on a headache. I love that I know so much more about what causes certain ones so I can try and eliminate the headaches I get.

  52. Sarah says:

    I learned they have a PM version to help get some sleep when you have a headache.

  53. Stephanie Grant says:

    I learned that While there are many different kinds of headaches, tension-type and migraine headaches are most common. Since these two headache types may be treated differently, determining which type you have is a critical step in relieving the pain.

  54. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    Lack of sleep can affect your mood, focus, and safety

  55. kelley wood says:

    I learned that its important to stay hydrated 🙂

  56. Michelle C says:

    That the underlying cause of headache has to do with brain chemistry.

  57. Lily Kwan says:

    I learned that the company is located in Parsippany, New Jersey.

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