Taking a jog is a fantastic way to keeping yourself fit, but you must make sure to check and take steps to protect yourself from seasonal allergies.

Getting seasonal allergies is one of the vexing parts of jogging, as you get a myriad of reasons not to exercise, as it make you feel exhausted, and some of the symptoms, like stuffy nose, and irritated eyes can be debilitating enough to make you not want to move.

Know Your Enemy

For seasonal allergy sufferers, the enemy – the thing that makes you sniff and sneeze – is pollen, and time of day and weather can affect how much of it you’ll encounter. The pollen count is typically the highest in the mornings, so save your outdoor workouts for the afternoon or evening (Just make sure to wear reflective gear for visibility). Pollen is usually at its peak levels during warm, dry windy weather and at its lowest during cool, damp weather.

Make sure to check weather channels and websites for pollen counts in your area, so you’ll know when to take your workout outside and when to stick to the gym.

Cover Your Hair

It’s key to wear a hat so pollen doesn’t stick to your hair. This is especially imporant for people who don’t wash their hair every day. A billed hat, like a baseball cap can play double duty by protecting your hair from irritants and providing sun protection.

Shield Your Eyes

Wear sport goggles, regular eyeglasses with an attachable band securing them to your yead or sunglasses while exercising outdoors.

Get Clean

We hope for your sake, and for whomever is in smelling range that you’re bathing after exercising. This step is more important for allergy sufferers, because the pollen can stick to their bodies and irritate them long after their venture outside. If you’ve decided to exercise at night, wash throughly before hitting the hay. Your allergy symptoms will get worse if you jump to bed with pollen and allergy irritants on your body.

Discuss Your Medicines

Antihistamines can make you feel tired. Work with your pharmacist of doctor to discuss the side effects of your allergy medicines and when you should take them.

Go Back to the Basics

For one, drink a lot of water, as it’s great to be in a predicament where we’re going to sweat again. Feel your best while exercising by eating a balanced diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables.

Now is also a good time to check in with the state of your gym shoes. Replace shoes as they become worn out, although experts have different ideas on when shoes officially become kaput. The point: Don’t wait until your shoes are visibly tattered, or you may end up hurting yourself.


Source: US News – “How to Exercise Outside With Spring Allergies”