What you want is a workout that can lower your stress and unwind muscle tightness — two of the biggest causes of tension headaches. Certain types of exercise soothe both those problems.
What to Try
You want to do something that’s low-impact and that relaxes you, especially in two key areas.
“The two areas your workout should focus on are breathing and neck or spinerelaxation,” says Merle Diamond, MD, managing partner of Diamond Headache Clinic in Chicago. “If I had to pick one workout, I’d say that yoga would be perfect. It helps you stretch and unwind your body, improve your posture (especially if you’ve been hunched over your computer all day), and breathe more slowly — all things that can help reduce a headache in the moment.”
It really does work.