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    Hi Laura – ive just started into excerising seriously again after a break of about 5 months. I am getting headaches which gradually start after the exercise – could come on a couple of hours later and last the day if i dont take tablets for it. I am drinking water during and after – how much water should i be taking on board ?


    Beams i cant answer that question but what i know is that its very hard to get back into the swing of things, i could have died after my first class back on Saturday 😯


    Thanks Taylor – felt better after todays exercise – probably my body screaming to me nooooooo pllease dont start this again !! 🙄 😆 😆 Has to be done though – 😯


    Beams, my hubby had headaches this year when he started back into exercising. He said he felt bit rubbish but after a week or two he was feeling great. Think its good to sip some water while exercising but better let laura answer this officially, shes the pro!

    You can also ask this question in the ‘ask the expert’ fitness section, Laura puts some good advice in there too.

    Fair play to you for sticking to it….it will get better.

    Over to you Laura for some proper advice….


    hi Beams,

    well done for getting back to exercise.

    Headaches after exercise are not uncommon, and in most instances will go away after 1 or 2 weeks, but do contact your gp if they persevere any longer.

    The main reasons why people get headaches after exercise are:

    1. DEHYDRATION: as mentioned above the human body needs plenty of water to survive and if you exercise you need to up your intake of water. A headache can easily be a reaction of your body to the lack of fluid.

    2. LONG PERIODS OF GOING WITHOUT FOOD: if you exercise first thing in the morning and the last time you ate was the previous night, it is possible to get a headache due to the drop in sugar levels.

    3. HIGH INTENSITY EXERCISE: if your workout is quite strenuous and you are quite new to it, it is possible to get headaches as all the blood vessels in your head dilate in order to keep up with all the work your heart is doing, and this results in a headache.

    All of the reasons above should improve within 2 weeks since you started your training…but if it doesnt go and visit your gp.


    Thanks Laura 😀

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