How to Prevent Allergies From Ruining Your Outdoor Workout


Spring is a beautiful season; however, for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, it can be a time to run, hide and cringe at the sight of flowers. How do you know if you have seasonal allergies? Starting in February through the early summer months, there is an increase in pollen and mold, which are common triggers of seasonal allergies. If you have symptoms of coughing, sneezing, an itchy nose and eyes, and/or a runny nose during this time, then you may have seasonal allergies.

Even though spring’s flowers are unavoidable, there are certain things you can do to eliminate the chances of triggering your allergies.

Take allergy medication 30 minutes to one hour before going outside.

Do what you can to prevent your body from getting triggered by allergens so you can enjoy the great outdoors. This may seem like common sense, but many people make the mistake of taking their allergy medication too late.

By taking your allergy medication before going outside, you are preventing the release of histamine. Histamine is released by your body when exposed to allergens causing allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, an itchy nose and eyes, and/or a runny nose. The best thing you can do is to prevent the release of histamines.

Check the day’s pollen count.

Check the pollen count for the day. The pollen forecast measures the quantity of pollen grains in the air. The higher the amount of pollen grains, the more likely your allergies will be triggered. If the pollen count is high, then avoid going out that day and instead consider participating in an indoor activity such as rock climbing, bowling, pilates class or a dance class; however, if you have to go outside, keep in mind the pollen count tends to be the highest during the morning and early afternoon. It would be best to schedule activities later in the day, if possible.

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Wear a hat and glasses.

This is a good option for people who must go outside during a high pollen count day. By wearing a hat and some sunglasses, you will decrease the chance of pollen attaching to your hair, face or getting into your eyes and nose.

Limit the amount of pollen you bring inside.

Do everything you can to eliminate bringing pollen and dust into your home. The last thing you need is a house full of pollen. You can do this by leaving your shoes outside, changing your clothes once you get home and taking a shower to wash off any extra pollen grains that happen to get stuck in your hair or skin.

Spring does not have to be dreaded but can be enjoyed! Trying these simple and effective tips and you will find yourself enjoying the outdoors more than before.

Do you deal with allergies during the spring? What are the best remedies you’ve found?

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Cindy (Kimmi) Dao is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and founder/writer of Free2Live. She has a passion to empower women to embrace themselves for the way they are and to treasure their individuality. As a way of encouraging women to love themselves, she guides them in how to take care of their lives through health and fitness.

  • Kaelin May 16, 2018

    Rock climbing really is a great way to exercise indoors! Besides avoiding pollen, it’s a good way to avoid heat/sunburn while working out. I’ve found that for me, it’s the most effective way for me to build muscle and have fun at the same time.

  • Sorry Not Sorry lyrics October 14, 2017

    I use Piper Wai and I love it! I tried about six natural deodorants before I found it and its the only one that worked without irritating my underarms or making me smell worse.

  • Hallie April 28, 2017

    Probiotics were the catalyst for me to kick my allergies forever. One thing I’ve learned from my experience is that allergies aren’t something you just have to deal with. Good gut health can help so many issues!

    • Kaelin May 16, 2018

      Hallie, what type of probiotics are you finding effective? I’ve actually never heard of using probiotics to combat allergies, I’ve only heard of using local honey.

  • Melanie April 25, 2017

    Whoa! Had no idea you can check the pollen count!

  • My nose acts up more than usual during spring. Not sure if it’s the pollen since I live in the city area, but the changing weather and temperature definitely does not help!

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