Training and hay fever: What to bear in mind

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Many of you enjoy the warm conditions and look forward to train outdoors. But for some of you spring is a torture. With rising temperatures, pollen occur more often and they make it impossible for some athletes to exercise without painful symptoms. If you belong to the ones affected, we recommend a few simple things – so that you can keep giving it your all!

Where and when should I train?

In case you suffer from hay fever or even allergic asthma, it is advisable to work out indoors. If you really want to get out though, for example to go for a run, it is necessary to avoid a few things: Dry and dusty places, industrial and vehicle emissions as well as places where your allergen occurs in significant amounts – for example meadows and fields. Furthermore, the pollen loading is lower around coniferous trees than around deciduous trees.

Also thoroughly inform yourself of the pollen count in your area. Almost every online weather service provides this service. In urban environments, the pollen count is at its lowest level early in the morning, whereas in the countryside, it is lowest in the evening. However, still the best time for you to workout is right after a long rain shower as the air is then almost pollen free.

If the symptoms become too heavy or you even get breathing problems, immediately stop your workout session! Those of you that suffer from chronic or even strong allergic induced asthma should in any case consult a physician before starting Freeletics.

How does training support allergy sufferers?

In spite of it all, also the allergy sufferers among you have reason to look forward because Freeletics can help to alleviate your symptoms! An allergy basically is nothing more than a dysfunction of the immune system. It classifies certain substances (which are in themselves harmless) as pathogens and reacts to these allergens accordingly. Sports however can support the stabilization of the immune system – especially outdoor exercising.

Moreover, both exercising and fresh air – and especially in combination – support the functioning of the respiratory system. Thus, it is advisable to train outdoors just outside of the pollen season as it can help you to feel better in spring and summer!