Don't let hay fever stop your training

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Running Hay Fever

Stay committed to your fitness regime throughout the hay fever season

The weather is warm and the evenings are light, which makes it the perfect time to grab your running shoes, bike or yoga mat and enjoy the summer by exercising outside. But if you suffer from hay fever, irritating symptoms such as itchy eyes and a blocked up nose may be stopping you from making the most of the warm weather. 

Is this the worst hay fever season ever?

Hay fever can impair your breathing and cardiovascular performance, as well as affecting your concentration whilst you exercise. 

Even Olympic athletes suffer from chronic hay fever. In a study conducted by Prevalin, Olympic champion Denise Lewis admitted, 'When I was competing in the heptathlon, hay fever would make me feel lethargic and swollen sinuses made it hard to breathe properly. Obviously as an athlete you want to be able to take in as much oxygen as possible to deliver your best performance.' 

How hay fever could be affecting YOUR performance

Follow these three simple steps to minimise symptoms and beat hay fever:

  1. Plan ahead 
    Keep an eye on the pollen forecast and start taking your treatment before your symptoms kick in.
  2. Run away 
    The symptoms of hay fever are often intensified by high air pollution in towns and cities, so if you can, try exercising away from central areas. Research has found that keeping 300 metres away from main roads can hugely decrease the amount of pollution in the air and leave you feeling better in health. 
  3. Shower
    Like mud, pollen sticks to your clothing and hair. Avoid hanging out your training kit to dry on high pollen days, as it will settle on it and affect your next session. If you go out training after work, it's a good idea to have a shower first.

Try NaselGuard Allergie block, a drug-free preventative water-based gel. Available in Boots for £11.99.

Read more Zest tips on how to nip hay fever in the bud


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