It’s finally spring! The sun is shining, the air is warm, and the great outdoors is calling. But then the dreaded pollen hits and now you have a new reason not to exercise. Allergies can make you feel exhausted, and a stuffy nose and irritated eyes can make you not want to move at all. There are ways to deal with spring allergies to allow you to enjoy getting outside to exercise.
- Weather – Pollen is usually at its peak levels during warm, dry windy weather and at its lowest during cool, damp weather, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. So watch your weather forecast and go out when the pollen count is at its lowest.
- Hair – Pollen sticks to just about everything, including your hair. Pull your locks out of your face so the pollen in your hair won’t swing into your nose or eyes. Or go a step further and cover your hair so no pollen gets in it at all.
- Eyes – Shield your eyes by wearing sport goggles, regular eyeglasses or sunglasses while exercising outdoors. If the pollen never gets in your eyes, you never really have to worry about it.
- Wash – Bathing after exercise is important for allergy sufferers, because the pollen can stick to their bodies and irritate them long after their venture outside.
- Medicine – Many antihistamines can make you feel drowsy. Work with your pharmacist or doctor to discuss the side effects of your allergy medicines and when you should take them. This way, you can avoid taking a medicine that will drag you down minutes before you plan to exercise.
- Have a Back-Up – Treat allergies like a stormy day. If they’re really bad, stay indoors. Make use of a home treadmill, elliptical, indoor bike or gym so you never have to step foot outside. If you don’t have anything at home, give us a call and we would be glad to help you find the fitness equipment that best fits your needs. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US
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