Pollen allergy and other seasonal allergies are pretty much common in Pakistan, just like many other parts of the world. It begins around the end of winters and beginning of spring, that is when you bump into people around you wearing masks and you’re like ‘Oh, it’s that time of the year again’. For those who have it, stepping out of the house may be a very difficult job and doing routine work might be even more complex because you get watery eyes and just cannot help yourself with the non-stop sneezing. Maintaining your fitness at such a time can be a real sport because outdoor exercises are a big ‘no no’ and a trip to the gym wearing a mask?
Hmm, well not really a good idea. So you decide to stick to your bed and continue being a couch potato for what, almost the entire season? There’s a lot that can be done to make working out in pollen season a bit manageable, if not completely.
Make Time Calculations
In most areas including Pakistan, pollen time starts basically before dawn and continues till late morning around 10 o’clock. Then it pauses for a few hours and resumes around twilight. What you can do is basically monitor at what time pollen is most affecting on you, maybe you can choose an hour in the afternoon for your workout.
Watch the Weather
Okay so you choose an hour in the noon for exercising outdoors or hitting the gym, is that all? You need to keep a check on the weather as well. That is because pollen count tends to increase in warm weathers with hot winds. Also, if the air is a bit humid, that would cause problems for some individuals. If it rains though, that is supposed to clear the air and you can definitely go out for a walk or exercise in the park.
Choose an Alternative
So maybe doing cardio in pollen season just makes breathing much more difficult for you? Switch to lighter forms of exercise such as aerobics and yoga. Yes, you can do that for a change, it’s completely acceptable. There’s no pressure on you to go to the gym at all costs with all that wheezing and sneezing, you can stay home and stay fit for a season. You can also try swimming.
Not Even the Gym
If you think that a gym is safe and free from pollen attacks just because it’s a closed space, you’re not entirely correct. Pollen allergy can also spread when you come in contact with other individuals who are carrying the allergy and using the gym equipment over there. You can easily check on this: do you start gasping for breath and snuffle even when you are in the gym? Well, now you know why.
Keep your Weapons at Hand
The worst thing you can do to yourself in this very season is not take care and listen to your body. Keep a small pouch with your basic allergy necessities at hand. This includes a nasal spray and, if you are at risk for an asthma attack, an inhaler or medication that you can instantly take if you feel it coming.