Work Out Your Headache

By Celia Shatzman

Does the holiday hustle make your head hurt? Forget the Tylenol and hit the gym instead: A recent study shows that after exercising three times a week for 12 weeks, people prone to headaches experienced fewer occurrences and less pain. But don’t skip the warm-up—diving right into a hard workout can actually trigger migraines. Ten to 20 minutes of stretching and light activity, such as a slow jog, will increase your muscle temperature and get you ready to hit the gym, says Steve Hawkins, PhD, associate professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University.