How To Exercise Outdoors With Spring Allergies

Spring AllergiesIt’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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Take the Guesswork out of Food Labels

Did you know that when a food label says, “Sugar Free”, it doesn’t mean the product doesn’t have sugar? Food claims on packaging can be confusing – so listed below is the exact definition of what food packaging claims really mean:


  • Calorie Free – Less than 5 calories.
  • Sugar Free – Less than 0.5 grams of sugar.


  • Fat Free – Less than 0.5 grams of fat.
  • Low Fat – 3 grams of fat or less.
  • Reduced Fat or Less Fat – At least 25% less fat than the regular product.
  • Low in Saturated Fat – 1 gram of saturated fat or less, with not more than 15% of the calories coming from saturated fat.
  • Lean – Less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 95 mg of cholesterol.
  • Extra Lean – Less than 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 95 mg of cholesterol.
  • Light – At least 1/3 fewer calories or no more than half the fat of the regular product, or no more than half the sodium of the regular product.


  • Cholesterol Free – Less than 2 mg of cholesterol and 2 grams (or less) of saturated fat.
  • Low Cholesterol – 20 or fewer mg of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat.
  • Reduced Cholesterol – At least 25% less cholesterol than the regular product and 2 grams or less of saturated fat .


  • Sodium Free or No Sodium – Less than 5 mg of sodium and no sodium chloride in the ingredients.
  • Very Low Sodium – 35 mg or less of sodium.
  • Low Sodium – 140 mg or less of sodium.
  • Reduced or Less Sodium – At least 25% less sodium than the regular product.


  • High Fiber – 5 grams or more of fiber.
  • Good Source of Fiber – 2.5 to 4.9 grams of fiber.

*Source: American Heart Association,


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