Spring is the best time for running and walking outside, but not if you suffer from seasonal allergies. Try these tips to help keep your runs sympton-free:
1. Plan workouts when pollen counts are low
. Pollen counts are usually highest from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Check your local pollen counts at sites such as Pollen.com
. Also, pay attention to the pollen count when you start to experience symptoms and then be sure to run/walk when the pollen count is below your personal tolerance level.
2. Avoid Itchy eyes. Try wearing wraparound sunglasses when running outside. Eyedrops an hour before your run can help, too.
3. Shower right after your run. The worst allergy symptoms don't usually occur until about an hour after you come in contact with pollen. So - go for your run and then hop in the shower. Rinse the pollen away!