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Exercise and Allergies – Relieving Symptoms Through Movement

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

Woman sitting down and sneezing into a tissue with flowers and cat nearby

Hay-fever, runny nose, coughing, itchy eyes and skin all have something in common; they are typical symptoms millions of people experience every year during allergy season. Relieving these symptoms often involves taking antihistamines, getting allergy shots, or avoiding parks, gardens, and other locations with high mold or pollen counts as much as possible.

Usually, people with severe allergies run through the list of treatment options to try and minimize their symptoms. However, one method for reducing allergy symptoms many may not realize is an option is exercise. Whether you complete an easy, everyday workout routine at home, or you go to the gym and train multiple days a week, getting your body moving can actually help prevent a harsh reaction to allergens.

How Does Exercise Help Allergies

How do allergies and exercise connect, and does working out help with allergies? The answer is yes. Although exercise won’t eliminate allergies completely, it will help reduce symptoms in most people.

This is because physical activity leads to stronger blood flow, which helps flush allergens more quickly out of the body and reduce inflammation caused by them. Stretching and warm-ups can further lessen symptoms.

Best Exercises to Try

Simple, light exercise that gets your blood pumping is enough to relieve allergy symptoms. As a matter of fact, overdoing physical activity can exacerbate symptoms. It should also be noted that taking antihistamines, a decongestant, or using saline spray or a Neti Pot before working out can all help improve nose-breathing, which will help filter the air you take into your lungs and prevent a dry throat.

Types of exercises that are especially beneficial for allergy reduction include exercises that promote proper breathing, such as Yoga and Pilates. It should also be noted that long-duration cardio workouts may trigger symptoms, while things like resistance training and stop-and-go forms of exercise are better for alleviating symptoms.

For people who are especially sensitive to allergens, it may be best to avoid outdoor exercise when possible, or at least avoid going places where mold or pollen levels are high.

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If you are an allergy sufferer who struggles every spring, summer, and/or fall with sniffles and watery eyes, you may benefit from a regular exercise routine. Whether you are tired of taking so many allergy medications, or allergy shots simply cost too much, working out might help reduce your symptoms.

If you are interested in strength training exercises, Power Plate for acceleration training, or would like assistance with strengthening specific points in the body, reach out to Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers today. Our team will make sure you receive the best physical therapy and strengthening exercises for your needs.

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