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Get Allergy Relief Out on the Water

Outdoor allergens shouldn’t keep you indoors, or out of the water. See which water sports can keep you allergy-free.

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1. Kayaking

Kayaking is great alternative for allergy sufferers. You can kayak at different times of the day and in different seasons. The best times to exercise outdoors during spring, summer and fall are early evening, when pollen counts are lower.

2. River Rafting

River rafting is another option for allergy sufferers. Flowing water, particularly beaches, lakes and rivers, tend to harbor less pollen than standing water – such as in pools.

3. Wakeboarding

Mastered waterskiing? Try the sport of wakeboarding on for size. Essentially, it's a combination of waterskiing, surfing, and body boarding. The ocean is a natural cleanser and quells pollutants so you can enjoy fresh air, waves and sun.

4. Stand-up Paddleboarding

With only a stand up paddleboard, a paddle and a lifejacket, you can play on any body of water – from ocean to lakes and rivers – without relying on waves. Start on calm water, and consider getting your bearings from a kneeling position before graduating to rowing yourself standing up.

5. Skimboarding

Skimboarding is like skateboarding on shallow waters. The sport was created in Southern California by lifeguards looking for an easier way to get across the beaches. Ask about renting one at a local board shop; though it has evolved into a wave sport, you can stick to the wash of waves without catching breaks.

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