Whether you feel guilty for indulging in all of the holiday fixins or preparing for a vacation in the New Year, millions of people make resolutions as January nears to get healthier through exercise.

But a new study finds that a new year’s exercise plan can cause more harm than good.

“Not only can new workout routines be difficult for those with asthma, but several allergens can be found lurking in health clubs making this health activity bothersome for more than 40 million Americans that suffer from allergies,” said allergist Richard Weber, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “By understanding what triggers symptoms, those with allergies and asthma will be able to feel good and remain active.”

So how can you achieve your health goals without putting yourself at risk?

The ACAAI has provided the following steps to overcome allergy and asthma hurdles during your workout:

1. Overstepping your boundaries-If you experience shortness of breath, chest tightening or unusual fatigue while exercising, you may have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). To alleviate the problem, use a prescribed asthma-inhaler prior to your fitness routine. While engaging in cardio, breathe through your nose rather than your mouth.

2. Think Before You Eat-When beginning a new diet plan, make sure to read the nutrition facts prior to consuming. Some of the products included in your plan such as milk, wheat and eggs may trigger allergens. Energy bars can also contain allergen ingredients such as soy and nuts.

3. Choose Equipment Wisely-While ellipticals and treadmills may not make you sneeze, rubber mats and free weights can. Latex is often found in the items, which can cause hives and rashes. Also, be cautious about using disinfectant wipes and sprays provided in gyms. They often contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can spark an asthma attack or can irritate your skin.

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