We may have all wanted to feign allergies to working out at some point, but there are some legitimate cases of allergies at gyms. It is not uncommon for people to experience different allergy symptoms in the course of their workout at a fitness center.
One of the reasons for this is that people have a lot of shared contact at the gym. People may touch gym equipment that was previously used by someone who came in contact with various allergens. For example, a person who ran several miles outdoors before entering the gym might bring airborne pollens into the gym. He may then leave pollen residue on equipment, exposing other people to the same allergens.
No matter how prepared or cautious you are, there will always be times when you may unknowingly make contact with various allergens. It is important to be prepared for allergies, even in situations when you least expect them.
Consider the following precautions:
- Carry your EpiPen with you all the time.
- Have your phone with you when working out alone.
- If you have food allergies, check all food ingredients before eating.
You can minimize allergic reactions in the gym by doing the following:
- Wash down your equipment before and after you use it.
- Take frequent breaks to catch your breath and lower your heart rate. This will allow your body to recover normally.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Wash your hands or take a shower after you exercise.
Exercise is good for the body. Don’t let allergies get in the way of your efforts to stay in shape.