Seasonal allergies can ruin your workout, but here are tips to breathe easier.
During fall, ragweed pollen and mold are the main triggers of seasonal allergies. When inhaled, ragweed pollen often causes sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and a runny nose in people who have allergies. Mold can cause the same troublesome symptoms as ragweed.
Seasonal allergies may leave you feeling less than your best, but that doesn’t mean you have to put your workouts on hold. Although you can’t exercise away your allergies, you can often exercise control over them.
Some people feel better getting in some physical activity during allergy season. Keep in mind that if you exercise outdoors, you may have to take a few precautions to reduce the impact of allergy triggers.
If your symptoms are severe, take a break or change-up your usual workout 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 instead or do a few bodyweight exercises at home.
The video below provides tips to help you breathe easier if seasonal allergies are getting the best of you.
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Date Last Reviewed: August 9, 2019
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