Best Outdoor Workouts for Allergies, Rain, and More
How to overcome four common roadblocks that can ruin your al fresco routine.
One of the best parts of warmer weather is taking your exercise routine outside—fresh air, visual stimulation, a reprieve from the same-old, same-old of your local gym. But the great outdoors doesn’t always cooperate with your plans: Allergies or rainy weather can put a damper on your routine, plus the outdoor space available to you may not seem conducive to the workout you have in mind. We talked to Jessica Matthews, an exercise physiologist, personal trainer, and ACE certified group fitness instructor for her tips on overcoming four common obstacles to outdoor exercise.
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Problem: You Have Allergies
Solution: Steer Clear of Lawnmowers
The type of allergies you have plus the time of the year are a factor, but according to Matthews, avoiding areas with freshly-cut grass can cut down on symptoms for many.
“Some of my clients have bad reactions to freshly cut grass, so I’ll set up a strength circuit at a playground with wood chips or at a track away from grassy areas, and it can make a big difference,” she says.