Bulking up with weights can cut migraine attacks

Strength training seems to help combat migraine attacks

LIFTING weights regularly can help reduce the number of migraine attacks.

Researchers at Stanford University in the United States analysed results from 21 previous trials into the benefits of exercise, and concluded that strength training (e.g. lifting weights, press-ups and squats) was the most effective, followed by aerobic exercises (e.g. running and skipping), reported the Journal of Headache and Pain.

Just how exercise helps reduce migraine attacks is unclear, but one theory is that by strengthening muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper limbs, this reduces pain signals involved in migraine.

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