Specialists often recommend allergy testing for people who experience sudden performance drops at certain times of the year. Why? Studies have shown that allergies can impact performance as well as recovery, a one-two punch for high-level and recreational athletes alike. If you want to avoid the fog of spring allergy symptoms in and out of the gym should consider these tips, along with traditional treatments.
WATCH THE SKIES Sunny, warm, dry, windy weather and brief thunderstorms can boost pollen levels. Schedule tougher outdoor workouts when pollen counts are lower—typically on wet, cloudy, windless days. (Or swap in some indoor exercise.)
RETHINK FITNESS FUELS Apples, cherries, kiwis, oranges, peaches, pears, plums, carrots, celery, almonds, or hazelnuts may aggravate seasonal symptoms in those allergic to birch, ragweed, or grass pollen.
WASH IT OFF Immediately after outdoor activities, wash your hands and rinse your eyes to remove pollen. Wear a hat (and avoid gel-like hair products) to keep your hair from attracting pollen. Shower each night before bed so pollen won’t cling to your bedding and disrupt nighttime breathing