Don’t let your allergies stop you from exercising outside in nature. Here are a few tips to not let it get you down:
Fine-tune your fitness routine
Allergy academic Dr Christopher Randolph says, ‘Morning exercises are hit the hardest because airborne allergens peak during the early hours, starting at 4am and lasting until noon. Because pollen rises as morning dew evaporates, the ideal time for an outdoor workout is in the mid-afternoon.’
Run right after it rains
The best time to hot the pavement is immediately after a downpour, because the moisture washes away the pollen for several hours. But once the air dries, take cover – the additional moisture generates even more pollen and mold, which can hang around for a few days afterwards.
Slip on shades
Wrap-around sunglasses shield you from harmful UV rays and they’ll also stop airborne allergens from getting in your eyes.
Fill up a water bottle or hydration pack to take on your run, walk, or bike ride. ‘Fluids help thin mucus and hydrate the airways, so you won’t get as stuffed up,’ says Dr William Silvers, a professor of allergy and immunology. Use the rest to rinse off any pollen that’s on your face and hands.