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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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underyourwaves underyourwaves 9 years
My allergies + asthma has been acting up and now I'm glad that there's another reason for me to work out. :) I guess I can't get lazy now.
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
This is something I figured out on my own last year, and it's one reason why I try to not miss my cardio workouts. I also moved them to the mornings (ugh) so that my head is clear of goo by the time I get to work. It's wonderful! Got to get your "daily fever" to torch all the gunk in your engine. :)
emalove emalove 9 years
I believe this!!! Whenever I'm on my elliptical machine, I don't sneeze at all! And that's a big deal for me, since I have terrible allergies ALL the time.
mtothawhat mtothawhat 9 years
Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely keep that in mind.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow good to know!
Puzzle2397 Puzzle2397 9 years
I always wondered why my nose runs like crazy when I exercise outside at this time of year, but then always feel better afterward...
kia kia 9 years
I ran a 10k today with a sinus infection and was surprised by how fast it drained halfway into the run. Gross, but I felt a lot better.
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