HOW TO STAY FIT IN THE SPRING WHILE BATTLING SEASONAL ALLERGIES
After long winter months filled with snow and cold weather, the spring season is a great time of year to get back into working out.
However, the spring can be a tough time for people who suffer with seasonal allergies. Although all of the flowers and trees bloom gorgeously, their pollen attacks the immune systems of many, causing runny noses, headaches, and drowsiness.
In today’s post, you will learn how you can stay fit in the spring, all while battling seasonal allergies.
MOVE YOUR WORKOUTS INDOORS
One of the easiest ways to stay fit in the spring while fighting allergies is to move your workouts indoors. A lot of people like to take walks or runs outside to get their blood pumping, but that may not be possible for the seasonal allergy sufferer.
Indoor workouts can range from cycling, to kickboxing, to yoga, and everything in between. Even better, you can do video-guided workouts at home, or you can head to the gym and take a workout class with your friends.
TAKE MEDICATION BEFORE WORKING OUT OUTDOORS
Although working out indoors is an option for some, others simply can’t commit to going inside. Maybe it is because your walk is also a walk for your dog, or because your fitness goals require you to be in a space where you can run and move without boundaries.
If this describes you, the best thing to do is take allergy medication before heading outdoors. If you don’t have a lot of time before your workout, purchase gel capsules of your allergy medication. These have a faster release time and will provide your body with protection quickly. However, if you have an hour or two before you need to go workout, take a regular capsule of the medicine.
This works proactively and helps to stop allergy symptoms in their tracks.
WAIT FOR SPRING SHOWERS
Again, if you like to work out in the great outdoors, but you’re willing to somewhat compromise and go inside for a bit, you can always wait for the rain. The spring is known for rainy days. While some find it inconvenient, outdoor runners and walkers will appreciate the rain.
The rain is able to wash away excess pollen that irritates your sinuses. So, if you want to get back outside, put on your rain coat and running shoes and take your workout outdoors on rainy days. This will be best for your sinuses.
EXERCISE AT THE RIGHT TIME OF DAY
Many different plants that produce pollen can actually have higher pollen counts at different times of the day. Normally, any time the sun isn’t out, pollen counts are lower. Try doing your outdoor workout in the early morning or late evening for the least pollen exposure.
Pollen, while irritating, doesn’t have to stop your workout sessions in their tracks. Follow these simple tips to work out in the spring while dealing with your seasonal spring allergies.