Spring has finally sprung.
The flowers are beginning to blossom and fresh green hues have hit the lawns. We’ve got birds, we’ve got buds and we’ve got [ACHOO] pollen.
Without fail, our cold-weather daydreams of spring omit the ugly yellow-green truth: the beauty and excitement of budding flowers = watery eyes and sneezing noses. All thanks to the abundance of pollen – spring allergies’ #1 culprit.
While exercising with allergies will always be tough, there are a few things you can do:
- Plan your exercise in the early morning hours (between 5:00 and 10:00 AM is ideal) when allergens are at their lowest
- Avoid areas with trees and grassy fields by running on roads rather than parks and trails
- Wear protective sunglasses to protect your eyes from airborne allergens
- Breathe through your nose
- Slow your pace to make it easier to breathe
- Shower and wash hair immediately after exercising to remove irritants from your body
Though these tips might not solve every sniffle, they will certainly help. For severe allergy sufferers, the tissue or treadmill debate will always rage on. But for the rest of us, it’s time to celebrate – spring is in the air!