One of the most common reasons people get exertion headaches from spending time outdoors is dehydration. We might think we’re used to the heat and humidity in Columbia, SC, but dehydration can sneak up on us. By the time you start noticing symptoms of dehydration, such as thirst or a dry mouth, it might already be too late to stop your headaches due to exercise.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water regularly. About an 8-ounce cup of water for every half hour you spend outside and active. While we understand that sweet tea seems appealing for a day in the garden, make sure at least half of your liquid intake is straight water: no caffeine or sugar. Plus, it’s best to avoid alcoholic drinks until you’re finished for the day. If you have a beer, a small glass of wine, or a cocktail, increase your water intake by at least one additional cup for each drink.