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April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring pollen. Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and if you’re the outdoorsy type, this means potential misery. But even if your nose is running like a faucet, you should still exercise: Physical activity improves circulation, helping rinse allergens from your system and moving blood out of your swollen sinuses to your working muscles, helping alleviate pain and pressure. Use these tips when exercising outdoors to better manage the mucus: 1. Before heading out, check pollen levels in your area at pollen.com. If the count is high, train indoors. 2. Avoid unkept areas,
such as ranches and farmland, which have lots of ragweed, goldenrod and other super-sneezy plants. Train instead at a park with a more controlled greenscape. 3. If it is dry, warm and windy, stay inside; this type of weather means a superhigh pollen count. 4. Different types of pollen peak at different times of the day, so exercise when your allergens are lowest. 5. Hit the trails when it’s drizzling or raining because the raindrops scrub the air clean of pollen. 6. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen and sun, and a hat with a brim to prevent pollen from getting caught in your hair. 7. When you’re done training, immediately put your workout clothes in the washer or into a zip-close bag if you have to head back to work. Then, if possible, get in the shower right away; otherwise, use disposable facial wipes and clean your face, eyes, nose and neck thoroughly.