New Year’s Resolutions to Exercise May Be Harmful

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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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