Are allergies sabotaging your workout?
The tips in this video can help you breathe easier when exercising this fall.
With fall allergy season upon us, you may be sniffling and sneezing. But although allergies may leave you feeling less than your best, it doesn't mean you have to put your workouts on hold as you muddle through the season.
The best way to decide if you should go for a run or give it a rest is how you feel. Some people feel better getting in some physical activity. But if your symptoms are severe or you find yourself too tired to get in a workout, then take a break from your usual routine. You can wait it out until you feel better or substitute what you do. For example, if you typically run outdoors, go to the gym and walk on the elliptical machine or do a few bodyweight exercises at home instead.
Fall Allergy Triggers
During the fall, ragweed pollen is the main trigger of seasonal allergies, but mold is also to blame. Ragweed flowers begin to mature in late summer, releasing billions of pollen grains into the air. When inhaled, the pollen causes sneezing, coughing, itchy and water eyes and a runny nose in people who have allergies.
Mold loves damp, wet spots outside. Commonly found on fallen leaves and compost piles, mold can cause the same troublesome symptoms as ragweed pollen. When you're in areas where mold spores are likely to be found, take the same precautions as you would for pollen.
How can I limit my exposure to fall allergy triggers?
The attached video shows 5 ways to reduce your exposure to fall allergy triggers, including:
- Stay indoors with your windows closed when the pollen count is high. You can track the pollen count through the news media, the National Allergy Bureau (www.aaaai.org) and weather sites such as www.weather.com.
- Wear sunglasses and a hat to keep pollen and mold spores out of your eyes and hair.
- Change your clothes when you come in after being outside.
- Shower and wash your hair before going to bed to keep sheets and pillows free from allergens.
- Use a HEPA filter with your central heating and air conditioning system to help remove pollen and other allergens from indoor air.