It’s that time of year again! While parts of the country are plagued with ice and snow storms, there is a different substance swirling around the Florida skies: pollen! If you are one of the 50 million allergy sufferers in the US (lucky you!), you are probably dreading taking the dog outside or even just the quick trip from the house to the car that triggers an onslaught of sneezes. But what about your daily exercise? We hope this information will keep you off treadmills and get you enjoying the outdoors… sniffle free.

  1. Watch the weather.

The highest time of pollination is between 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., but some studies suggest pollen counts are higher in the afternoon. The worst days are your dry and windy days. Even if you are nowhere near a plant that triggers your allergies, the pollen will find you. The best time to head out and exercise is after a rainfall, which washes the pollen out of the air.  Watch the pollen count here.

  1. Don’t forget your eyes.

Your eyelashes and the wrinkles around your eyes can trap in pollen leading to redness, itching, and irritation. To help block out allergens, wear sunglasses. Wrap-around sunglasses are the best or even sport goggles can be worn during your outside workouts. Also, don’t forget to apply the appropriate sunscreen to protect against ultraviolet rays.

  1. Stay covered.

Pollen and other environmental allergies can easily collect in your hair, your skin, and even your clothes. The worst is wet hair that has mousse in it or hairspray because it will stick to your hair and cause you to carry this pollen into your home. It is best to always wear a hat, and once you return home immediately put your clothes in the laundry.

  1. Scrub-a-dub.

Taking a shower and rinsing off is a must. In addition, you should always rinse off before heading to bed during the allergy seasons as you can get cross contamination onto your sheets and pillows. Happy workouts and stay healthy!

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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