SUFFERERS APPROACH TO EXERCISE A short article written by Jennifer Purdie for Under Armor’s MapMyRun Blog, “Spring Allergy Tips For Runners” reminds runners of ways in which they might lessen their suffering during spring, what many refer to as “allergy season”. Purdie’s advice might best be heeded by all who are eager to finally are able to get active outdoors in better weather.
The author references family medicine physician Dr. Rachel Carlton Abrams, and Dr. Deborah Gentile, director of research, division of allergy, asthma and immunology at Pediatric Alliance in Pittsburgh”.
Another advice piece, “Running With Allergies” by Sarah Johnson for ACTIVE.com discusses general rules, such as the ‘neck rule.’ “If your allergy symptoms are above the neck, such as stuffy or runny nose and sneezing, it's probably OK to run. However, if you are exhibiting any symptoms below the neck, like chest congestion, upset stomach, or body aches, then it's time to call for a rest day.”
Runner’s World posted an item in 2012 written by Lisa Jhung, “Nothing to Sneeze At”, which highlighted advice provided by a runner-allergist, Stephen Klemawesch. A 2014 Women’s Running article also features this doctor’s advice; some parts address women’s issues.
A more current item was posted on WebMD in January 2018, “6 Ways to Keep Exercising Outside with Allergies”.
The advice in these items is organized and summarized below:
KNOW YOUR POLLENS!
Learn by testing which specific allergens cause you problems.
After running, prevent continued exposure to pollen:
Seek medical advice for new treatments with less side effects! Start taking medications in advance of the season if possible.
The point of running, walking, cycling and fitness work is to get exercise AND enjoy the process. If allergies are messing with your mind and body, take your workout indoors. Run or walk laps on the small gym track or hop on a treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bicycle. Get in a cross-training session by swimming indoors (unless pool chlorine irritates), playing tennis, or strength training.
It may be best to regularly set aside time for physical activity in the late afternoons or early evenings, to make same-day last minute alterations to workouts less disruptive and inconvenient.
Learn to love rainy days. Precipitation clears the air!
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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