It’s that time of year. The sun in shining, the trees are green and the flowers are blooming. The air is warm and coats are a thing of the past. Hello shorts and running trails, you’ve been missed.
But wait, there is something lurking in the air threatening your fitness routine. Pollen. This pollen can cause a range of allergic reactions from fatigue to stuffy noses and itchy eyes. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America one in five Americans suffer from some type of allergies. These symptoms can wreck your motivation to exercise or leave you stuck in a cramped gym on a beautiful day.
There are a few things you can do to ensure that spring allergies don’t get you down.
Know Your Pollen
Not every type of pollen impacts each allergy sufferer in the same way. Pay attention to the pollen counts on days you feel particularly bothered to see if you notice a relationship between certain pollen and your itchy eyes or runny nose. For example, if oak pollen is in the high category and that same day your eyes are red, watery, and itchy, chances are you’re allergic to oak pollen. Most weather services also have a daily pollen count so you can know what the levels are for your area in that day.
It’s also good to know that the pollen count is typically highest in the morning hours, so if you plan an outdoor workout it’s best to save it for the evening. Pollen levels also are high on warm, dry, windy days. On these days the plants are blooming and the wind carries the free pollen around. On cooler, damp days the plants are less likely to open up and the pollen doesn’t float on the breeze.
Aside from the standard workout clothes, there are two specific items that help reduce allergy symptoms. The first helpful accessory is eyewear. Wearing sports goggles, regular eyeglasses or sunglasses helps reduce itchy watery eyes. If you’re planning to do some exercise that requires a lot of fast movements, you can use a band to secure the glasses to your head for comfort. By protecting your eyes, the pollen is blocked and irritation is greatly reduced.
Hats are also a great accessory to wear while exercising outside. By covering your hair the pollen cannot stick. When the pollen does stick to your hair, you’ll literally be carrying around the very thing that ails you. Covering your hair is especially is especially important for allergy sufferers who do not wash their hair on a daily basis.
Allergy medicines come in many different types and forms and they all have different effects on different people. There are pills, eye drops, nasal sprays and more that combat allergy symptoms. Some medicines, like antihistamines, can make you feel groggy and tired. Others may treat one symptom but not another. It’s best to work with your doctor or pharmacist to see which medicines will work best for you and your workout routine.
With all the excitement about the warmer weather and outdoor workouts it’s important to be careful to avoid injuries. Jumping into new workout routines can sometimes lead to tweaked muscles and injuries. If an injury does occur, the skilled providers at Airrosti can fix your pain, fast, to get you back to your workout.