Getting Outdoors with Allergies

Workout Outdoors with Allergies

It is almost summertime and more people are venturing out into the wilderness. For allergy sufferers this can be a bad time. Long harsh winters can lead to a tidal wave of built up pollen being released all at once. Here are some tips to combat those seasonal allergies.

Check the weather:

Pollen counts are often highest between 5am and 10am, but in certain areas of the country pollen counts are highest in the afternoon. Try to avoid peak pollen times if possible. Also be careful on dry and windy days. The wind can carry pollen from 400 miles away. The best time to venture outside is after rainfall. The rain can wash the pollen from the air.

Protect your eyes:

Your eye lashes and the folds around your eyes can trap pollen. This can lead to seasonal allergy symptoms (redness, itching, watering). To block these allergens think about wearing wrap around sunglasses or goggles to keep pollen out.

Cover up:

Pollen can easily collect in your hair (esp. if you use gel, mousse, or hair spray). Wear a hat to help keep the pollen off and protect against sunburns at the same time.


Be sure to remove your shoes and clothes as soon as you can after entering your home. This will help decrease the possibility of tracking pollen throughout your house. Shower and wash your hair soon after exercising outdoors to decrease your pollen load.


Taking a workout indoors when conditions are not ideal is better than no exercise at all.


Here are links to more information on allergies:

Allergies and Food

How to help allergy symptoms


Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.



“Pollen-proof your workouts”