Science life hacks: Beat allergy symptoms by rescheduling your outdoor workout
There’s nothing like a good outdoor workout to get you feeling energized, focused, and refreshed. Unfortunately, if you are one of the many people who suffer from seasonal allergies, an outdoor workout might end up feeling like more of a strain on your health than a benefit to it during these high-pollen spring months.
The key to managing your allergies without giving up your outdoor workouts is not entirely different than the key to handling conflicts in other situations, including communications and PR. It all comes down to foresight and preparation, and a big part of that is timing. In the case of getting ahead of your allergies while exercising outdoors, tweaking the time at which you workout outdoors can help you beat your allergy symptoms.
Timing your outdoor workouts can be important because plants pollinate early in the morning — typically between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. — causing pollen counts to be highest during these hours of the day. For this reason, you can minimize your exposure to pollen by trying to exercising outside in mid to late afternoon.
Of course, everyone’s allergies are different. While this simple scheduling trick can help people with moderate allergies, those who suffer from more serious allergies may need to take extra precautions before working up an outdoor sweat.
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