Thursday, 23 September 2021

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Fighting Allergies and Asthma with Exercise

Winter is finally fading, but while we’re recovering from the wrath of colds and flu, we are now facing allergy season.

Does Exercise Help Allergies?faithfit

Regular physical activity helps to decrease allergy symptoms by improving blood flow in your body, which promotes the removal of allergens. The most common allergy symptoms that make us feel so miserable include itchy eyes, runny nose, fullness in the ears, pressure in the sinuses and overall fatigue. Although you can’t exercise away your allergies, working out regularly can certainly minimize your symptoms because the improved blood flow that results from exercise helps to prevent the tissues surrounding your nose, mouth and lungs from being inflamed. The best part is that the exercise doesn’t have to be intense or challenging – all you need to do is just get your blood pumping!! Try not to overexert yourself, though, because that may actually aggravate your symptoms anyway.


How to Work Out When You Have Allergies

To start with, don’t forget to warm-up. Warm-ups help reduce allergic symptoms.

Consider using decongestant, antihistamine, saline spray, or neti pot prior to your workout. For those with asthma, the use of an inhaler might be necessary. This will help clear the nose to help with breathing during exercise. Nose breathing warms and filters air and prevents a dry, sore throat. It also acts as a purifier to remove allergens from entering your lungs.

If you are planning to exercise outdoors, take note of your surroundings. For someone allergic to weeds and grass pollens, stay away from open fields. If you suffer from molds, avoid walks around bodies of water like lakes. Try wearing a mask to filter pollen for those outdoor walks. Sunglasses protect eyes from airborne allergens.

Stay well hydrated while exercising, especially when taking allergy medication, which can cause dry mouth, or if you’re breathing through your mouth instead of your nose.

Perform workouts that strengthen your heart and lungs. After a workout, indulge in a steamy shower followed by cooler water. This temperature shift loosens mucus in the sinuses for the ultimate cleansing breath. Although millions suffer from allergies every day of the year, you don’t have to sacrifice your workout. With the right fitness program, you can feel your best and maybe even minimize your sneezes.

As I've stated many times, God designed our bodies to "help and heal" themselves. We have to do the things that we need to do to allow our bodies to be the best!

Columnist: Kellye Davis Williams


Kellye Davis Stellman is a personal trainer, gym owner, and certified Life Coach who focuses on the health and well being of her clients as well as coaching them to make positive changes that will impact the rest of their lives.  She helps them achieve their health and fitness goals as well as encourages them to strive for and achieve their “life goals” with her message of hope. 

Kellye resides in East Atlanta with her husband Keith.  She has 4 daughters and 3 grandchildren.  She is an active member of The Tabernacle Church.  In her spare time she loves traveling, spending time with her husband and daughters, shopping, and simply enjoying coffee with friends. 



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