We get it – allergies are no fun when you’re trying to exercise. That’s especially true when it’s warm and sunny out and you’re itching (yes, the pun was intended) to make the most of the warm weather. Following our post last week, How to combat seasonal allergies so that they don’t slow you down, we spoke to a few Orthologists who are also outdoor enthusiasts to learn how they control and minimize the toll allergies can take on the body and make the most of the beautiful weather. Here are their tips:

Before You Go Outside

Wash your bedding weekly. Mold and pollen can accumulate quickly in your bedding, so be sure to wash them as much as possible – in hot water.

  • Shower And Wash Your Hair Before You Go To Bed

Few people realize that allergens can accumulate on the body and in the hair, so it’s important you keep them clean as well.

  • Little Things Add Up Quick

Choose wood or linoleum over carpet. The more non-porous a surface is, the less it’ll attract dust and pollen. Keep your windows closed if a high pollen alert has been issued and avoid running a fan near an open window at all times. On that note, it’s also wise to clean your AC filter regularly or change it out altogether with an anti-allergy one.

  • Keep Up With Your Omega-3’s

Omega-3’s been proven to help reduce the inflammation associated with allergies. And load up on bright fruits and vegetables to cover your bases as the most efficient healing comes about when the body is strong and healthy.

  • Consider Buying An Air Purifier

The technology has come a long way and seems to be getting cheaper every year, so look into one if you’re particularly susceptible to mold or pollen.

And as always, wash your hands as much as possible to limit your exposure.

When You’re Outside

  • Fabrics

Choose technical fabrics as they hold less pollen than those made from wool or cotton. If possible, wash them right after exercising as the pollen is often not visible. Even a quick rinse can do wonders to help keep the pollen levels in check. And the same can be said for an “after the run” shower. Later afternoon and sunset are when pollen counts are generally the lowest, so make the most of these times by patterning your outside routine around them.

  • Choose Your Location Carefully

If exercising, look towards areas with less traffic. The fumes emitted from cars (and the pollen that’s kicked up from their tires) can be especially harmful to those who suffer from upper respiratory problems. Keep your yard mowed. The taller the grass, the more pollen exists – plain and simple.

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/omega-3-fatty-acids-fish-oil-alpha-linolenic-acid/evidence/hrb-20059372