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Asthma and Allergies Won’t Stop the Athlete Inside Us: Personal Training Astoria

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Fitness Tips, Motivation

Dealing With Asthma, Allergies, and Being Surrounded By Awesome Greek Food

 Now that we have warmer weather, The L Trainer is ready to take our sessions outside and explore our neighbor to the North in Queens! This means we are on the lookout for allergy triggers as we voyage to and sweat in other parks and NYC neighborhoods.  If you never experience itchy eyes and a runny nose when exercising outdoors, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that approximately 50 million people suffer from allergic rhinitis (street slang=”hay fever”) a year. For those with allergy-induced asthma, this can be annoying and problematic when you have a sunny workout planned. How you deal with what you can’t control is something everyone struggles with in training. Well, we can shed some light on how you can plan your training during allergy season:


Athletes, Asthma, and Allergies

I’ve had asthma my whole life, yet I have always been active. After recovering from the flu a few winters ago, I noticed a huge difference in my training once marathon season rolled around again. I hadn’t had too many problems with my asthma, but having the flu definitely made my lungs weaker, and my training suffered. It took forever to get back on track.

What’s Next:

This racing season, I’ve been focused on improving my VO2 max and staying consistent. I’ve switched up my interval strategy,  I’m still putting in the resistance training my body needs to keep me safe, and I have changed my diet dramatically (Sakara, baby!).

Dealing with Asthma and Allergies:

Because allergies and asthma can come on so suddenly, it’s important to have a plan for when you do start feeling wheezy, itchy, and scratchy. Preparedness is key. Here are my tips for dealing with spring fever:

  1. Know your triggers.  Flying, wind-blown pollen, pet dander, cigarette smoke–whatever it is, be aware of your environment. Just a waft of cologne or perfume can send me into a wheezing state.
  2. Always run prepared.  I never go anywhere without my inhaler, and I take an allergy pill when I know I’ll be running around a high trigger area (Astoria Park, near the windy waterfront, etc.).
  3. Stop when you need to stop.  Spring weather is fickle; you never know when the wind will pick up and blow all that freshly mowed grass in your face. Yum. There’s no shame in taking a break to catch your breath, or if you need to call it a day, better to be safe than sorry.
  4. Ease into the warmer weather.  Plan on doing a few shorter runs while the weather warms up so that your body adjusts to not only the temperature, but all the dander/grass/pollen that flies around. Remember that air expands when it gets warmer, so pollution and pollen are pushed around a lot more with a rise in temperature.
  5. Have an indoor back-up plan.  Plan ahead to complete a part of your exercise routine inside so you can still complete your workout. And if you have an asthma attack, don’t push it. Take your inhaler and relax for a few minutes. Remember that you’re taking a medicine that speeds up your heart rate, so this is not the day to attack speed drills or do any high intensity moves. Always be safe!


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