9 Tips for Exercising Outdoors When You Have Allergies

AllergiesJust because it’s allergy season doesn’t mean you have to move your workout indoors. With a few smart tweaks, you can stay active outside and keep your allergy symptoms under control.

For starters, be sure to consult with your allergist. Your doctor may perform an allergy test to find out what triggers your symptoms. That way, you can find the treatments that work best for you.

In addition, knowing which allergens make your symptoms worse means you can do your best to steer clear of them. Here are nine more things you can do to sweat safely outdoors:

  1. Always take your medication as prescribed to help reduce symptoms.
  2. Breathe through your nose—your nasal passages help filter out allergens.
  3. Carry epinephrine with you at all times if you’re allergic to insect stings.
  4. Check the pollen counts before you exercise. They tend to be highest in the mornings and rise again in the afternoon, so a midday workout may be your best bet.
  5. Wear sunglasses and a hat to prevent pollen from getting into your eyes and hair.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf when exercising in cold, dry air.
  7. Avoid exercising by areas that may have higher concentrations of allergens, such as fields, busy roads, or woods,
  8. Change your clothes as soon as you get inside to avoid bringing allergens into your home.
  9. Wash your hair after your workout to remove pollen and any other allergens that may have hitched a ride.

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