Is There a Correlation Between Seasonal Allergy Relief and Exercise?

Got seasonal allergies? There is nothing better than enjoying the heat of the summer, but for many of us, summer also means seasonal allergies—something we’d love to do without!

Well, BodyRockers, we’ve got a drug-free prescription for you to help give you some allergy relief...and that’s some heart-pumpin’ workouts found exclusively at BodyRock+! (For a limited time, you can get a month free trial now.)

Exercise has so many health benefits, it seems farfetched to assume that it can also help with allergies, but there is strong evidence to suggest that it actually can reduce your allergy symptoms. We kid you not.

Keep reading.

Seasonal Allergies

Even if you don’t have severe allergies, summer and its mixed bag of weather can still cause misery. Some of the classic symptoms associated with allergy season are:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy sinuses 
  • Postnasal drip

Environmental allergens like dust, pollen or mold cause seasonal allergies; these allergens cause your immune system to overreact, thus bringing on an allergic reaction.

How to Soothe Your Allergies with Exercise

If you’re looking for a way to subdue — not cancel out — your allergy symptoms, then guess what, regular exercise may just be your all-natural solution!

How?

Regular exercise not only improves immune function but also gets your blood moving faster, which means allergens in the blood get processed out by your kidneys and skin more quickly.

Better circulation also prevents allergens from just sitting around wreaking havoc on your immune system. Stagnant blood flow can also be problematic for your nose, cue congestion and inflammation. However, deep breathing during intense workouts — try our BodyRock+ HIIT Series for an intense workout — can help clear out congestion, which means say goodbye to that runny nose!

Unfortunately, there is a catch, if you take your exercise outdoors when pollen levels are high, then exercise won’t do zilch for your allergies, at least not without allergy medication. That’s not to say don’t exercise outdoors, instead watch your local allergen forecast and when it’s low take your BodyRock+ Yoga outside for some stretching under the summer sun!

Exercise + Allergies

So now that you know the benefits of exercising to reduce your hay fever symptoms, which exercises are the best for tackling seasonal allergies?

Here’s how BodyRock+ can help you during allergy season:

Pre-Workout Stretch: Check out BodyRock+’s Stretch & Mobility series before you take on a workout, or if you’re just looking to alleviate congestion!

BodyRock+ Yoga: BodyRock+ Yoga is all about deep, belly-breathing, which can help improve circulation and reduce allergy symptoms like congestion.

Resistance Training: Support your lungs and heart with resistance training workouts — especially for people with asthma — as this will improve circulation and your immune system!

Please note, if you’re congested, you may want to use a saline solution to help flush out some congestion beforehand. Also, if you have asthma and are all stuffed up, use an inhaler before starting your workout. Both options will help reduce nasal congestion so you can take deeper gulps of air as you move through your workout.

How Exercise Can Help with Seasonal Allergies

Seasonal allergies suck, but they don’t have to ruin your summer. So rather than taking a day to nurse your allergies, lace up those sneakers and get your ticker firing with BodyRock+ workouts and reduce those allergy symptoms and make today amazing!

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References

https://fitnessandwellnessnews.com/exercise-control-of-your-allergies/

https://www.healthline.com/health/allergies/seasonal-allergies

https://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-basics/will-exercise-help-my-nasal-allergy.htm

https://healthland.time.com/2013/04/12/surprising-ways-to-cure-your-spring-allergies/slide/exercise/