April 12, 2019

How to Keep Seasonal Allergies From Ruining Your Workout

We all have our own ritual when it comes to getting ready for exercise -- whether it be double knotting your favorite running shoes or doing your stretching routine to a specific song. If you have allergies, you’re probably missing a few important steps to that pre-workout ritual. These steps will be essential for you to be able to stay breathing easy throughout your exercising.

First, prepare for allergies:

  • Plan your outdoor exercise for the morning or when winds are low. In the afternoon winds are picking up, there is more traffic, and pollutants are irritants that, combined with allergies, can make exercising less favorable while outside.
  • Always check the pollen count. A google search or your local news station can give you an idea of how bad the day is going to be. If pollen is high, take your preferred antihistamine and nasal spray (Flonase or Nasonex) before you go out.
  • If pollen is exceptionally high, switch to something you can do indoors at the gym or at home like jump roping or swimming. Depending on the severity of allergies, sometimes over the counter medicine will not be enough for you to be symptom free outside.
  • When doing something dusty like the mountain biking in the El Paso mountains, you’ll want to make sure you protect your eyes with glasses, and you may want to wear a bandana to prevent inhaling and ingesting extra dirt.

When you get home:

Immediately toss your dirty clothes in the bin and wash off. A nasal rinse is great to clear out your nasal passages. You’d be amazed at the amount of pollen your skin, clothes and hair can collect just from a five minute walk around the block.

If you’re exercising in a heavily wooded or grassy area, wear appropriate clothing like a long sleeve micro-fiber shirt. Most people are allergic to a number of different weeds, grasses and tress, so running around in them is going to affect your body.

Understand what you’re allergic to:

An allergy test will give you an in-depth analysis of what you’re allergic to and how much it affects your body. From this point you can tackle the problem at its source through immunotherapy, and achieve years of relief. To learn more about immunotherapy, check out our page on allergy drops to see how you can build your resistance to allergies without weekly trips to the clinic.

Exercising can be tiring enough as it is; don’t make it worse by needlessly suffering from allergies. They can be easily treated so your health and performance aren’t compromised. Be healthy and breathe better.

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About The Author:

Jofy Kuriakose, APRN, FNP-C

Jofy Kuriakose graduated from the University of Wisconsin as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2008. Since becoming a nurse practitioner, she has worked in family practice and retail care clinics. Prior to graduate school, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. As a registered nurse, Jofy has experience in medical-surgical and cardiac settings.