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I am an Excedrin® Extra Strength Brand Ambassador and I have been compensated for my time, however, all opinions and experiences are my very own.
It seems as if summer headaches come right along with the summer heat, especially if you are trying to keep up with your fitness and exercise routine. Fitness Expert, Kathy Kaehler shares that while exercise is a great way to reduce stress, release endorphins and feel great about yourself, you should be careful when exercising during the summer months. Kathy cautions that the combination of exercise and the summer heat, increases your core body temperature and decreases the blood circulation to the muscles you're using. Because of this strain and potential dehydration you may get headaches more frequently. 1 And no one wants that to happen!
While we cannot control the weather, we can control how we combat common warm weather headache triggers. For instance:
Be Flexible With Your Routine: Exercise in the morning instead of during the hotter later parts of the day. Stay indoors when humidity is high. Wear thin, breathable clothes while exercising outdoors and consider testing out indoor gym workouts as opposed to outdoor activities. 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 (caffeinated or alcoholic beverages). After your workout, mpisturize your skin to keep your whole body hydrated.3
Light: Wear sunglasses or a hat or visor when exercising outdoors. Take frequent breaks in the shade or cooler areas. Try not to embark on a long run, on the hot asphalt, during the brightest part of the day, when light is reflecting at you from all angles.4
I can't always avoid my headaches, especially in the summer weather; so when I do get one, I take Excedrin® Extra Strength to help me get back on track as quickly as possible. And to help you keep your cool, the folks at Excedrin® are offering one lucky my scraps reader the opportunity to win this great Summer Cool Prize Pack!
The Prize Pack includes: A gym/beach bag, REI MultiTowel, Halo II Pullover Headband and a Squeeze Breeze Water Misting Fan.
All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite warm weather exercise tip. Be sure to read the fine print below so your entry counts!
fine print - Giveaway open to Continental US Residents only. Be sure to include a valid email address so I can contact you. Comments close on June 30th at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. Winner will be selected using random.org from all valid entries. Winner must reply within 48 hours of notification or another winner will be selected using the same methods.
catch you soon -
Excedrin® is a trusted brand with over 50 years' experience providing effective headache relief. Excedrin® Extra Strength is a combination pain reliever - acetaminophen/aspirin/caffeine - that provides temporary relief of headaches. (use only as directed)
disclosure - I am an Excedrin® Extra Strength Brand Ambassador and I have been compensated for my time. Excedrin® is providing the prize to the winner. As always, all opinions and experiences are my very own.
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