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Workout Weirdness

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Lately I've been plagued by a lengthy bout of nasty allergies which have my eyes and nose running with periodic sneezing fits. I've been knocking off box after box of tissues...ugh!

Yesterday was particularly nasty. But I remembered something from times past when this has occurred: becoming physically active seems to quiet down the symptoms. So I tested this theory by heading out for our power walk together with a co-worker yesterday.

Sure enough, nary a sneeze or drip!

Get back to the office? The sneezy waterworks kick in.

I wondered about my plan to lift weights and do Spinning later in the evening. Sure can't Spin & sneeze at the same time!

But again, as soon as I started in with the strength training, which I do before Spinning (who wants to lift weights AFTER when you're a soaking mess?!) all the symptoms quieted down right on through my hour-long Spinning, with only a teensy runny nose nagging at me.

Finish up, head to the car to go home: BAM! The symptoms kick in again!

This has me wondering if I'm just weird or whether there is a medical explanation for this pattern.

Note to self: check in with Physician Assistant son...he gets all my medical questions! :-)

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    Wow...I have struggled with allergies all of my life and am so glad that I just happened across this blog today. When my nose/eyes get going the last thing I feel up to doing is exercising, but to read that it actually seems to shut down the allergic response for you really makes me want to fight through it next time and seeing if it works for me, too. Thanks for sharing this experience!

    I have added you as a sparkfriend after seeing some of your encouraging messages to others in the new sparkteam I just joined this morning :)
    1058 days ago
    I hope you get to the bottom of the allergies emoticon
    1072 days ago
    Wow! I would have never thought of that! emoticon feel better
    1073 days ago
  • _VALEO_
    What has you GP said about it? Seems like an allergy to something (work? lol). I hope you to find out what triggers this and get a treatment for.

    Good luck!
    1075 days ago
  • GHK1962
    Hehe ... the part where you said, "This has me wondering if I'm just weird or whether there is a medical explanation for this pattern." ... if I had asked that of my wife she would have said BOTH! heh

    Nevertheless, what did you find out?
    1075 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your dilemma, but I like Bill60's suggestion!
    Hope the allergies dissipate soon!
    1077 days ago
    I'll be interested in what your son has to say, too. I have had the tendency to start sneezing after autumn races. Hadn't noticed it other times of year... but today... sneezed all the way home from work. Swam just fine last night... sneezies TODAY. Hmmmm!
    1078 days ago
    I get sneezy and drippy as soon as the heat comes on inside house/office/car/gym: outside is better! Maybe a dust allergy from blowing hot air, I'm not sure (my house has steam radiators and it's not so bad at home).
    1078 days ago
    It sees to me that allergies have been abundant this year. Sorry you suffer - keep us posted - would like to know the response from the PA. emoticon
    1079 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Hope you figure that out. It could have something to do with the heating/air system. I am glad exercise helps!
    1079 days ago
    Sounds like you have some indoor environmental allergies. It's not uncommon esp in bldgs that are old or when one is in an AC environment. I hope the issues get resolved quickly!
    1081 days ago
    Interesting, at least you figured out how to avoid it.
    1081 days ago
  • _LINDA
    For me, I can't take air conditioning, gets the dribbles going right away. The air quality in most buildings that don't have open windows (or you have to close them because winter has arrived) is poor. The venting systems are usually clogged with dirt and mold and it is not cleaned nearly enough if at all. That was why the sick building issue made the news for a while.
    But most normal gyms would have A/C too (mine doesn't so I am okay with them)
    Will be most interested in finding out what the son has to say.
    1081 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    i would be interested in what your son has to say???!!!
    sounds bit environmental to me ????
    closed in spaces such as offices and car etc????
    take care.........
    1081 days ago
    Obviously, you're allergic to work! emoticon

    Hope you figure it out.
    1081 days ago
    Hope you find an answer to your sneezing fits. Let us know if you find some answers. Hope you are feel better soon. On things for sure, until you get an answer you're going to be getting a lot of exercise. emoticon emoticon
    1081 days ago
    Keep us posted as to what his response is to your dilemma.
    1081 days ago
    Don at least you know you get your exercising in for the day. If it stops it you at least get relief for a short time. Hope you get better Prayers are there for you.

    Try to have a good day.
    1082 days ago
  • BILL60
    That's a great way to a super healthy lifestyle.....exercise all the time to avoid the "Drips".
    1082 days ago
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