April 23rd, 2019
Pollen season in Tampa….ugh. It’s the only downside to our beautiful spring weather and keeps a lot of us indoors when we should be living it up outside – at least until the heat wave hits! And while we may not do our normal outdoor cardio during pollen season, allergies shouldn’t stop us from being physically fit and healthy. No freaking way! Fortunately, there are different ways to keep yourself in shape even in the worst of allergy season. Let’s go…
It is possible to continue outdoor exercise during allergy season – you know we love our newly tricked out SkyDeck. But it’s important to take steps to decrease symptoms before, during, and after your workout.
If you suffer from allergies, it may be a good idea to check the pollen count before you work out outside. This can typically be found on the local news or you can bookmark the National Allergy Bureau website. If the count is high, choose a less aerobic exercise, such as weight lifting or yoga. This will help decrease the amount of pollen you inhale as harder breathing is required for aerobic exercise.
If a more intense outdoor workout is a must, consider wearing some sort of mask like a bandana. Goggles will also help reduce eye irritants. You might look a little funny, but it’ll help! Of course, you may want to talk to a doctor about allergy treatments for common allergens.
Post workout in order to decrease allergens inside your place, immediately wash your hair and clothes after your outdoor workout.
We want you to stay active during pollen season. But when pollen counts are just too high, you’ve got to take the workout indoors (preferably at our South Tampa fitness studio). To help keep allergies from bugging you, exercise on a mat instead of carpeting to limit allergens from being stirred up.
Your workout time indoors is a perfect time for strength training in between aerobic days. This may include weight lifting, yoga, or a HIIT style workout – all of which can easily be done at home or the gym.
Now is the perfect time to become a new member at Driven Fit + Sponaugle Wellness Studio! Whether you’re interested in personal training, yoga classes, or a full body workout class, we offer several options for moderate to intense workouts. Click here for more info.
While allergy season may present roadblocks for staying fit, it’s important to maintain an exercise routine – maybe just mix it up a little. In general, aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week and incorporate strength training twice a week. Of course, our clients get customized fitness programs that include massage and other restorative therapies. For information on our top South Tampa wellness studio, call or text (813) 440-3016.