Exercising with Allergies

asphalt-clouds-endurance-421160.jpgIf you suffer from seasonal allergies, the prospect of exercising outdoors can present some interesting challenges. For some, getting out in the "fresh air" actually creates more problems than it solves in terms of allergy symptoms. Luckilly, there are some things you can do to lessen or even avoid triggering allergy symptoms while getting active in the great outdoors.

Know Your Allergens
A variety of pollens and other substances can cause allergy symptoms in different people during different times of the year - which is a roundabout way of saying that we're not all allergic to the same things in the same ways. With that said, one of the best things you can do to help curb your allergy symptoms while exercising outside is to get allergy tested. Allergy testing can help you determine what exactly causes your symtoms and you can begin a treatment regimen to find lasting relief. Here at Ashford Clinic, that can mean easy and effective Allergy Drops to help you with your specific allergy triggers.

Track the Pollen Count
Based on your Allergy Triggers, certain times of day may be better than others to work out outside. There are websites you can check to monitor the pollen count in your area similar to weather forecasts. Ragweed counts usually peak in early midday, while grass pollen counts are higher in late afternoon and early evening. Plan your workouts for other times of the day when levels are lower. If you’re in an urban area, winds can bring the pollen in town so that levels peak around midday. Should you decide to go out at high-pollen times, wear a face mask. Using this information to inform when you work out can help to lessen your exposure to your allergy triggers.

Listen to Your Body
If you start to experience allergy symptoms (sneezing, wheezing, itchy and/or watery eyes, etc.) or other symptoms that inhibit your workout, it's time to head inside. It's wise to have an indoor workout "backup plan" for moments like these or days when the pollen count is too high to risk it outside. Always talk with your doctor about any symptoms you may have that occur during or keep you from exercising.