(Closed) How do you get YOUR motivation??? Headaches after working out???

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1069 posts
Bumble bee

I’m just making guesses so I could be way off but are you drinking enough when you work out? Dehydration is my first guess when someone gets headaches from exercise. Or they could be adrenaline related.

For me my motivation is usually to get rid of stress and give myself more energy

Post # 4
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

That definitely sounds like dehydration. Make sure you are taking breaks when working out to have some water, and that you get your 8 glasses a day. If you are working out, you should be drinking a lot more than 8 glasses though.

My motivation is that I just want to look better, and I love walking. I know the fresh air will help me sleep at night and calm me down.

Post # 5
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Hands down dehydration.

Also- you sound like you’re burning yourself out. Why not work out every other day? Give your body a rest each time… that way you’ll get a better work out on the days you DO decide to work out because you’ll have more energy!

Post # 6
4284 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MeganTacky2247:  HYDRATE!!! I echo the PP’s on that. My Darling Husband suffers from Chronic migraines. He literally has a headache daily. Since we started working out 7 weeks ago, they have drastically improved. In fact he had a really bad migraine yesterday, we went to the gym, came home and it was almost gone! As far as burning yourself out… I work out 6 days a week. I went from doing nothing to doing 6 days. As long as you are eating right, getting enough rest, and hydrating I don’t think your burning yourself out.

My motivation is the weight loss! I am down 17.5 lbs in just 6 weeks!!!

Good luck!

Post # 7
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Trying drinking a sports drink like Gatorade after your work outs. I get headaches after working out sometimes, usually if it’s a super hot day and I am dehydrated.

I have a friend that I work out with most days. She is an amazing role model, she eats healthy and exercieses daily. She is definitely my motivator. I know that if I don’t work out today, the next time I work out with her she will kick my butt and I am very competitive so that is not okay. Do you have a friend you could work out with to help motivate each other?

Post # 8
2715 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree that the headaches/migranes are probably caused by dehydration.  It’s definitely happened to me before.  I’m not sure if you are burning yourself out, but rest days are important – especially if you are lifiting weights.  Your muscles need time to recover and heal.  I might look to change your schedule and move one of your rest days to a weekday.

As far as motivation goes, having a workout buddy is always good.  There are always days you don’t want to go, but if you are being held accountable by someone, then you’re not likely to skip.  My current motivation though, is my 1/2 marathon in 6.5 weeks.  Having a specific goal to work towards really helps me. 


Post # 9
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MeganTacky2247:  are you working out on an empty stomach?  You don’t want to workout on a full stomach but you wanna have a little something on your stomach. At least I do.

I don’t  necessarily agree that you should work out less often. I workout 4-6 times per week. It depends on what you’re doing though. You can and should do cardio (30-45min) daily. I do 3-4 days a week lifting weight and 2-3 days doing cardio depending on my schedule and weather.

defintely make you’re hydrated and that youre not working out on fumes have some protein before)

my motivation is getting stronger. I love sideways glances from guys at the gym “is she really gonna lift that?” And then I do. Priceless 

Post # 10
5242 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would say the reason for the headaches is cause you need to drink more water during your workouts for sure! This ised to happen to me because I wouldnta take the time to have water during my workout but now I try and take a fews sips during sets and right after I go running and I havnt had a headaches since

Post # 11
456 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would like to add a tip about my personal motivation:

Sign up for a race that costs money. I signed up for a 10 mile race last month that takes place in May. It cost me $50 and it was a lottery system because too many people try to register every year. So, because of the fact that I paid, AND so many other people covet my spot– I HAVE to train; simply because I can’t back out! I wouldn’t want to be a jerk and just quit when so many others wanted to run, and I don’t want to look like an idiot by not being able to finish. So, I have been more diligent and motivated than I have ever been to work out! Tonight is my 6 mile training run… ugh. Lol!

Best of luck to you!

Post # 12
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I get incredible headaches from working out. 🙁 Any exercise where I am in a horizontal position will give me a multi day migrain, even if I only work out for a few minutes. Not really sure what advice to give, aside from talk to a doctro about your ehadache issues.


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Post # 13
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I used to get headaches or get very nauseous during and after working out. Too often I was working out on an empty stomach, I usually now eat a rice cake or granola bar before my workouts. I also make sure to drink plenty of water before, during and after my workouts – it really helps. 

For motivation, I’ve found classes that I really love – spin, barre, circuit training and themed classes – one is all 80’s dance music. It really helps keep my motivated. I’ve also made friends with the trainers and other women in the classes, when I miss a class, they usually comment – it makes me want to be there even more! I’ve never been the kind of person to enjoy running on the treadmill or elliptical for hours. An hour long spin class usually feels so short to me! I usually do 2 in a row now because I love them so much!

Post # 14
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

HYDRATE TODAY FOR TOMORROW! Drinking like a fish during your workout won’t do much if you are not propery hydrated beforehand. Granted, you should still sip fluids during your workout, but it won’t save you. 

My motivation is the 2 half marathons I’m running in May, 6 days apart. The second one is a relay, so I’m only running 7.5 miles, but its still going to be a challenge.

For you, I’d suggest trying something new: maybe a zumba class, swimming, or hot yoga?

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