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How to Deal With Humidity and Pollen When Exercising

Keep Up the Good Work(out), Even Under Common Summer Problems

Workouts often go one of two ways during the Summer months: either you're inspired to exercise more because it's beautiful outside, or a busy calendar or uncomfortable weather get in the way of a sweat session. If the latter sounds all too familiar, here's how to make sure workouts happen even when a hot, hectic Summer is throwing these problems your way.

It's too hot (or humid) outside: Check the weather every week and make a point to work out on cooler days; make sure to also pay attention to the humidity levels on each day. If you have a set exercise schedule, and you have a workout planned on a 95-degree day, use those times to do lower-intensity workouts, hit areas like the woods or beach, or cool off with one of these Summer water sports.

Pollen is making my allergies crazy: If you suffer from seasonal allergies, Summer blooms can make for a miserable outdoor workout. Keep an eye on daily pollen counts and if you know they're going to be high, exercise inside. If you just can't give up your outdoor workouts, find out what your triggers are and work out in areas where you can avoid them. The park may be unbearable, but the shore may cause no issues. If your symptoms are really bad, think about taking an antihistamine on days you're huffing and puffing outside, depending on what your doctor recommends.

My social calendar is packed: Whatever Summer plans you've got going on, find other times of the day to fit in your workouts. If you normally exercise after work but friends want to head to happy hour, vow to exercise in the morning. If you're headed on vacation, do these hotel exercises or schedule yoga classes on the beach, snorkeling day trips, bike tours, and other physical activities so you can in shape while on the road.

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