Don’t Let Allergy Season Drag You Down
Ah spring! It’s finally here. After months of working out in a stuffy old gym and trying to beat the winter blues, you’re finally ready to ditch those sweat pants and take your workout to the great outdoors.
The weather couldn’t be more perfect – not too hot, not too cold, and waking up with your salutations to the sun seems like the ideal way to trim down in time for summer.
But Mother Nature has one last curve ball to throw at you: allergies. Pollen, dust, freshly mowed grass, and a plethora of weeds are ready to keep you sniffling and miserable indoors for the next three months.
Rather than resigning yourself to a box of tissues and another round of your boring workout dvd, you can fight off the sniffles this allergy season and still enjoy a springtime workout. These tips and tricks will not only help you lose more weight, but keep those sneezes under control.
3 Tips for Getting a Sneeze-Free Workout
1. Unwind and Destress: Whether work is driving you up the wall or you simply feel like you have a lot on your mind, taking a few minutes to rest and relax will do your body a world of good.Stress can release the hormone cortisol which can cause weight gain, insomnia, and an entire list of medical ailments. While reducing stress can lower your blood pressure and improve your overall heart health.
Additionally, researches at Ohio State Unviersity medical Center discovered that subjects with a history of seasonal allergies experienced more intense reactions to skin pricks when under stress than when they were calm.
So to put yourself in the right mood, try a few relaxing yoga exercises indoors before starting your spring workout.
2. Mind the Times: Early morning exercise is a great way to nail your workout schedule and keep consistent with your weight loss goals. However, if you want to avoid the worst of the pollen this spring, then you may have to rearrange your routine.
Pollen count peaks between 6 am and 10 am, so try to squeeze in a workout during your lunch hour.
According to Paulu Ehrlic, MD, “Trees don’t like to pollinate when it’s very warm out. . .During the day pollen is less of a problem – but in the mornings and evenings when it’s cool and there’s a breeze, the pollen just goes crazy.”
Additionally, keep an eye on the weather forecast. If the pollen count hits 1,500 grains per cubic meter, then it’s definitely better to stay indoors.Some allergy apps are available for iphones and androids that can help you know when it’s safe to venture outside.
3. Supercharge with Super Foods: Super Foods are the latest craze in the dieting industry, and for good reason! While eating a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables is a great way to lose weight, including super foods in your meals will not only give you more nutritional bang for your buck but will bust your allergies and increase your immune system as well.
According to a study published in Clinical and Experimental Allergy, those who consumed probiotic yogurt (which contains healthy bacteria known as Lactobacillus Casei) had lower levels of histamine-releasing antibodies. What does this mean for you?
Fewer sniffles for start.
Lactobacillus also provides the following benefits:
- Increased production of vitamin b and k (for boosting immune system and lengthening the life of cells)
- Efficient inflammatory responses (for rapid recovery)
- Eliminates toxins and bacteria from the body
Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean that you can make the most out of your workouts this spring. With these tips and tricks, you can avoid the worst allergy season has to offer and still enjoy your time outdoors.
Keep in mind, however, that if your allergies are severe then you may need to consult your doctor for additional ways to control your sniffles and sneezes this spring. Additional medication and shots may be required, but don’t let your allergies drag you down!