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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.

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