Struggling with allergies even in your downtime is exhausting and annoying, let alone when you would like to get in a workout, whether it be a light jog in the park or your weekly yoga session (1). No matter the level of your fitness and how much you invest in exercising on any given day, even your daily activities can become a chore.
Luckily, there are numerous ways you can ease yourself into that pesky allergy season, prepare for your much-needed workout and take control of your condition, without letting it affect your enjoyment in life. Let’s take a look at some key steps you can take to stay fit and prevent allergies from affecting your daily life.
Meditation and mindfulness have been proven to be helpful at reducing stress and pain for a number of conditions – asthma and allergies being no exception. Having one, two or even more sessions on a daily basis that focus on slow and controlled breathing will relieve your allergy symptoms (2).
With various techniques at your disposal, you can find one that suits you best, and start your morning routine by having a 10-minute session of controlled breathing. Combining that with positive affirmations and thoughts of gratitude can only boost your happiness and allow you to enjoy your day even more.
Cleanse your Indoor Air
Particularly for those living in densely populated cities, it can be nearly impossible to keep your home clean of pollution and toxins. However, this is one of the most important steps for reducing the stress on your respiratory system. For best results, purchasing the best air purifiers for allergies (3) will help you clean your home of allergens such as dust, pollen, pet hair, mould, and much more.
Keeping the air in your living area clean will reduce inflammation symptoms, thus strengthening your lungs and sinuses to cope with allergies better. This will then let you exercise more easily, giving you better lung capacity, and less frequent allergy symptoms.
Adapt your Routine
No matter your age, if you are a true fitness enthusiast, or if you’re just starting to fall in love with your new workout, dealing with your allergies might deter you from regular exercise. To make sure that your routine is allergy-friendly (4), slow down your pace and gradually increase your training intensity, to be able to notice if any symptoms arise.
Skipping your workout altogether should only be an option when you haven’t had the chance to take all precautionary measures and are experiencing severe symptoms. Otherwise, switch your outdoor jog for a gym treadmill or a light versatile routine (5) to avoid strenuous activities outside, when pollen and other allergens are at their highest levels. That’s why it’s crucial to plan ahead and have an alternative workout ready for the toughest of days.
Although you’re probably quite familiar with your allergies and how to keep them at bay, it’s always a good idea to keep track of exercises that are most likely to trigger them. Prepping yourself for the season with medications (6) such as antihistamines that don’t leave you sleepy or drowsy can be of great help.
There is the option of injections to target your particular cause of allergies, helping your immune system build up resistance, and in time, you will tolerate your allergies much better, while the shots can last a long time. Then again, bring your inhaler or in case of congestion, you can use a nasal irrigator or even a saline spray beforehand; just make sure to find what works best for you.
With so many available options, there’s no need to skip an enjoyable workout or even abandon your entire routine. Just a few carefully planned strategies to complement your lifestyle will be more than enough to help you power through the roughest days of the season, while still keeping you fit and healthy!