Hello divas! I hope that you had a fantastic weekend and are ready for the week ahead. Here in Tennessee, the weather has been very spring-like to say the least and I am LOVING it. I even got my tank and running skirt out for a run yesterday. Crazy for February right? It is so nice to be able to go for a run in the great outdoors while it is still light out and not have to bundle up in a million layers. And with the spring-like weather comes lots of pretty flowers and trees blooming. Unfortunately, this also means allergies. I am lucky (or cursed) to live in one of the worst cities for allergies in the U.S. (Chattanooga, TN). Which means that doing anything outside, running or not, can become an issue. Especially for someone like me who seems to be sneezing constantly from March to June. So today I am sharing my 5 Tips to Survive Allergy Season.
Plan times you want to be outdoors. While you can do outdoor activities, including running, at various times of the day, there are better times than others to do so. Morning and late in the evening are great because pollen typically gets worse as the day goes on and peak around noon and early afternoon. Running and being outdoors after rain also works as it will wash a lot of the pollen and mold away. You will also want to check the pollen and mold counts for the day before you step out the door and plan accordingly.
Take preventative measures. If you have really bad allergies or are blessed enough to live in horrid allergy cities like I do, it may help to take a anti-histamine before heading out – especially if you plan on being outdoors for a while.
Change clothes and shower when you come back inside. Once you finish a run or your favorite outdoor activity, it is a good idea to take a shower and change your clothing into something that doesn’t have allergens on them. This will hopefully keep your allergies from acting up the rest of the night.
Slow down. Allergies in general can sometimes make it harder to breathe. It is okay to slow down on high pollen count days. If you are running, go slower. If you are gardening, take breaks inside. This should help make the outdoors more comfortable while still allowing you to enjoy the sunshine.
Stay indoors. When all else fails, it may be smart to stay indoors and do some cross-training, strength training or a treadmill workout on the days when there is a higher chance of your allergies acting up.
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