A good run already puts your lungs under enough stress; running outside during peak allergy season can do a serious number on your entire respiratory system. “Running increases your breathing rate, which makes you more likely to inhale more allergens,” explains Vijay Jotwani, M.D., a primary care sports medicine physician at Houston Methodist.

That means you’ll not only be dealing with hill spring-induced wheezing, but also common symptoms of seasonal allergies such as congestion, runny nose, a scratchy throat, and eye irritation—

basically, everything that would make you swear off nature and embrace treadmill training for the foreseeable future.

 

Josiah Mackenzie from San Francisco, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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