Your Exercise Plan for Spring
Spring is coming and that means flare-ups are more likely to occur, which can put your daily exercise on hold. But it doesn’t have to be that way and here are a few suggestions to ensure you can still work out in spring even if you have eczema:
Check the pollen count every morning
Pollen is a serious allergen for people with eczema. One whiff of this substance and it can lead to severe rashes throughout the day. If your exercise routine is running then you might want to check the pollen count in the morning when spring comes because that’s when the amount is very high.
You can opt to run in the afternoon or even in the evening when the count is low, but be sure to check online first if the count is indeed lower in the evening so as to avoid experiencing any flare-ups.
Work out inside your home
If you can limit your workout routine inside the comfort of your home then this option is much better for you and your skin.
When you’re working out indoors, you’re more able to control the environment you’re in. Simply adjust the thermostat so that you won’t feel too hot and experience any flare-ups. Also, you can ensure that your house won’t have any pollen inside by securing all your windows and installing filters in your air-conditioners so that no allergens will get in.
Apply moisturizer before you exercise and after
Eczema can leave the skin dry so it’s important to keep your skin hydrated at all times. When it’s spring, the days are longer than winter so you’ll be exposed to more sunlight compared to the holiday season.
Working out under the sun can take away the moisture from your skin, which can be bad for your eczema, so it’s important to keep your skin moisturized before and after you work out.
Drink lots of water
This one is closely connected to keeping your skin moisturized because in spring there is what scientists call ‘spring equinox’ wherein the days are longer than the night and the sun’s rays are quite stronger.
So when you’re working out in spring you’re likely to sweat more and therefore lose more water. You need to replenish the water you’ll lose otherwise you’ll experience more eczema symptoms due to dehydration.
Wipe your sweat regularly
Sweat is supposedly good for your skin because it cools your epidermis while you’re working out keeping your body from overheating. But if you have eczema, sweat is a nasty trigger and you could be experiencing flare-ups while you’re pumping iron in the local gym. Make sure to wipe off your sweat right after every rep you complete. Also, don’t scrub your skin because you’ll make it worse. Instead, pat your skin dry to get rid of the sweat.
Springtime is near and with these tips you can make sure that your workout routine can still be effective and free from any flare-ups.