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Another Reason to Exercise: It Relieves Allergies

If allergies cause congestion in your nose, sinuses and lungs, you may not want to take medication. Antihistamines can make you drowsy or out of it, and decongestants can cause cotton mouth and dry up your lady business. You also may not be into using a neti pot, because pouring water through your nose weirds you out. Well you have another option.

You know how taking a hot shower can help loosen up mucus? Well the same thing goes for getting hot while exercising. When you do some kind of cardio exercise that heats up your body such as running, biking, sports, hiking, or Ashtanga Yoga, it helps to get you sweating, which will get that fluid and congestion in your face and chest moving. Just be sure to have some tissues handy so you can blow or cough that mucus out — it'll help your body flush out the allergens.

Fit's Tips: If your allergies are aggravated by exercising outdoors, then you definitely want to keep your workouts inside. Use the machines at a gym or take classes at a studio. If your gym is air-conditioned, and you have a hard time getting hot, then slip on some extra layers.


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