Don't want to miss a workout because of a stuffy nose? Beat any symptoms and stay strong with these tips.
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If you’ve got severe fall allergies, exercising outside can be miserable. Here are a few tips from Sebastian Lighvani, M.D., director of New York Allergy and Asthma, to help you maximize your workouts during allergy season.
“Follow the pollen counts,“ says Lighvani, “and decide what is a good or bad day to exercise.” You can track daily pollen counts on websites such as pollen.com. “If it’s a bad pollen day, limit exercise outdoors.”
Pay Attention to Time
“During the allergy season, pollination usually occurs between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m.,” Lighvani says. That’s when pollen counts spike, and that’s when you don’t want to be running outdoors. Try to train later.
“You can get a mask to wear when exercising that can reduce exposure to pollen,” says Lighvani. Or use a scarf. “Afterward, wash your clothes and shower.” You don’t want pollen making you miserable indoors, too.