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How to Exercise Outside and Avoid Allergies

Spring is around the corner and while many people will begin to head outdoors for their running, cycling and exercising, it does bring with it a host of allergies that can be a nightmare to many athletes.

We got a great list of ways to head outside whilst avoiding a reaction to allergies, or at least, preventing a severe reaction.

1)      Check the Calendar

Many pollen seasons have different times where they rear up more than usual. Check the calendar or internet for your specific allergy, if you can, to check when in spring and summer you’re more likely to suffer.

2)      Check the Weather

Again, pollen count can vary from day to day, and from time to time during the day. Check the weather and see what the pollen count for the day is expected to be and try to run when it’s at its lowest.

3)      Choose the Right Time of Day

Most pollens reach peak levels by midday or early afternoon, so going for a run or cycle is better in the morning or evening. Some allergies don’t have a better time of day, but try opting for a time where you’re least likely to be exposed to the bulk of the culprit.

4)      Protect your Face

Where sunglasses and a hat to lessen the amount of pollen that hits your eyes and face. If you can, wear a mask as well as this will prevent you breathing in more pollen. A bandana is also a good idea as it covers a larger surface area.

5)      Change Your Clothes And Shower Immediately Afterwards

This will get rid of any pollen that did attach itself to yourself and clothes. Showering and washing your hair will also remove the pollen that’s attached itself to your hair.

6)      Take an Antihistamine Before You Leave

If you can, pop an antihistamine before you head outdoors. This will help lower your reaction if you have one, and will make any pollen that has attached itself to you, less likely to create a reaction later on after your activity.

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