Get Smart: Have an Allergy-Free Workout

Allergies are a pain no matter if they’re the seasonal form or the ones that plague you year round at the very thought of dust or pollen. The summer months however pose more of a threat to those who suffer form severe allergies because of the increase in the number of instances that trigger

As much as you try to power through, working out during the summer almost has to be limited to somewhere cool, and relatively enclosed, as working out in the great outdoors sets off triggers for allergies immensely. Well, with these following tips and tricks, you’ll be able to allergy-proof your exercise routine and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air.

Timing is Key!

In order to keep the sneezing, itching and wheezing at bay, it’s best to avoid any form of exercise outdoors in the early hours of the morning. Typically, pollen counts are lowest after 10 am. 

Wash it Off

Showering immediately after exercising outdoors can decrease the amount of pollen on clothing, on hair and on the skin. Taking away all instances of any allergy triggers is a great way to stay allergy free. Washing the hair thoroughly is important as pollen and dust are easily trapped in it.

Location, Location, Location

Staying as far away as possible from areas that are highly populated with trees, flowers, bushes and shrubs is an easy step to take to have sneeze-free workouts. Sadly, the beach and the park are areas that are the biggest triggers, so running in your neighborhood or even at a track is probably best.

Know Your Limits

Cardio is a great part to any workout routine, but those who suffer from severe allergies can enhance the onset with hard cardio workouts. Low-impact or flexibility exercises are much better and yield equal results.


Always consult your primary care physician for all your health related advice. 

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