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The Dos and Don’ts of Allergens and Exercise

Learn how to reduce your exposure to allergens so allergy flare-ups don't get in the way of your outdoor exercise.


The time of day that you exercise matters. Generally it’s best to head out for that run, cycle or walk in the late afternoon or early evening when the pollen count is lower. Just make sure that sure that it’s not too hot to run.


Avoid exercising outside when it’s windy since wind stirs up pollen. On the other hand, rain dampens pollen so it’s good to get going after a rain shower.


When choosing a location, stay away from allergy hotspots such as heavily wooded areas or fields of grasses and weeds. Pollen levels are lower around large bodies of water so water sports are a good option.


Wear a hat and wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your hair and eyes..


Breathe through your nose as much as possible – nasal hairs naturally filter allergen particles.


Shower and wash your hair as soon as you get home, and be sure to wash your clothes and wipe down all of your gear after use too.

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