Working out and losing weight are great New Year’s Resolutions. But if you have allergies, you need to be careful about making even small changes in exercise and diet. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology offers these suggestions.
If exercising is bringing about shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, you might be experiencing exercise-induced bronchoconstriction or exercise-induced asthma. Remember to use your prescribed inhaler before starting your workout routine.
Changing up your meal plan? Make sure to read labels carefully. “Many products contain hidden food allergens such as milk, wheat and egg. Energy bars can be loaded with allergens, including soy and nuts,” according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
If you are allergic to latex, be careful about new equipment. Medicine balls, rubber mats and some rubber coated free weights might contain latex, which could lead to a rash or hives.
Allergic to pollen? Consider running indoors, or if running outdoors and pollen is in the air, skip mid-day, when pollen counts are highest. Shower immediately afterwards to remove pollen that stays on clothes.
Check labels on workout clothes, which often contain synthetic materials that can be irritating to the skin. Spandex and natural materials are a better choice.