Exercising with allergies and asthma

Tips on how to exercise despite allergies and asthma

With the calendar turning to March, that means spring is in the air.

And with spring comes an influx of seasonal allergies.

These allergies may make getting daily exercise hard, but wellness specialist Devon Gurnett says they don't have to stop us.

"Different medications can help. There's certain antihistamines that you may take daily that prevent symptoms throughout the day or as you're experiencing symptoms. So, utilizing medications that may help to relieve symptoms can help if you're going be exercising," Gurnett said.

The same goes for those suffering from asthma.

Asthma does not have to prevent us from working out, either.

"You definitely want to start out slow. You don't want to go run ten miles and have an asthma attack and struggle through it because then you aren't going to enjoy it, and you also may run into a health risk. So taking the time to start off slow, maybe do a walk, intermittent walk or jog, or a light strength training program until your body can adjust," Gurnett said.

Weather conditions can aggravate asthma the same way as it affects our allergies.

That is why having our symptoms controlled makes life a whole lot easier.

"The biggest thing or tips you can do is know your triggers and how to find these or look for them. Different weather stations or internet sites will give you updates on pollen counts or different allergens that are active at that time and when they're more active. So if you research and take the time to find out when these are most active, you can kind of tailor your day to maybe evening might be the best time to exercise," Gurnett said.

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