Allergic to Working Out?

Tips to avoid allergies and asthma in the gym

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

(RxWiki News) Going to the gym may pose several health problems for people suffering from allergies and asthma, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

With the New Year approaching, many people may be hitting the gym as part of their resolutions. However, this can pose some serious problems for those with allergies and asthma. Here are some tips to navigate your way through an allergy-free gym experience:

If you practice yoga, bring your own mat. If you have a latex allergy, you will need to make sure the mat you are using is latex-free.

Make sure that any supplements you are taking do not contain any ingredients that are dangerous to your health. Many energy bars and protein shakes could contain egg, wheat or milk ingredients.

Gym disinfectants used on machines may contain chemical irritants, so make sure you take your allergy or asthma medication before going to workout.

Be sure to ease into exercises if you suffer from asthma. Chest tightness can result from exercise in some people, so warming up before an exercise and cooling down will make breathing easier.

Everyone goes to the gym to improve their health, so use these tips to make sure your trip is as beneficial as possible and doesn't cause any unnecessary sickness.

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Review Date: 
December 29, 2010
Last Updated:
December 30, 2010