Stuffy nose? Don’t blow us off.
Cold and flu season is finally coming to an end, but the stuffy nose symptoms are sticking around as allergy season takes over. Even the most mild allergies can make a nose-breathing-focused exercise like Oxycise difficult, but don’t blow us off yet. (I smell more bad puns coming, who nose what they will be…)
Although you can’t exercise away your allergies, studies have shown that regular exercise can help contain allergies.
A lack of exercise results in a slow blood flow. Stagnant allergens begin to gather, destroying the tissues around them. Constant movement of the allergens through the blood stream prevents these delicate tissues from becoming inflamed, and the strong blood flow from an Oxycise workout helps move them along to be eliminated through your kidneys and skin.
Exercise doesn’t need to be intense or challenging, and in if fact it’s not recommended to overexert yourself when suffering from allergies as this could exacerbate symptoms rather than help.
What to do if you’re feeling stuffy
A clean, filtered environment is important when choosing your workout location. Consider using a decongestant, antihistamine, saline spray, neti pot, or even a warm shower beforehand for clear nose-breathing throughout your workouts. A humidifier during your workout can also help to clear sinuses and is gentle on lungs.
When I watched the video, it suddenly dawned on me that I wasn’t getting as much air in due to summer allergies. Jill talks about the stuffed nose issue in the training video. So, every morning I have started using a neti pot to clean up my sinuses before getting started. WOW is there a difference!Theresa
Nose-breathing warms and filters air intake, and prevents a dry, sore throat. It also acts as a purifier to remove allergens, irritants, and pollutants from entering your lungs and bronchial passageways.
If you still find you’re not able to get a good breath through your nose – it’s ok to breathe in through your mouth because it’s most important to get the oxygen pumping.