Yes, allergens can lurk in health clubs, but that shouldn't stop you. Here are five ways to make your workouts allergy-free.
Strange as it seems in this day and age, not everybody likes to work out. Case in point, my husband, The Lawyer. Though he has actually headed Workout Departments in a law firm, commercial bank andinvestment bank, none of them required him to break a sweat. Yes, he does walk the dog—and that is more than it seems, since it’s a 120 lb. Rottweiler. But ever since he got stuck in the Lotus position in a yoga session, he simply refuses to attend another one. So Downward Dog—not to mention a Whittle the Middle class—is simply out of the question. He’s also big on coming up with excuses for not exercising. He basically blames his achy knees, a sore back and what he refers to as “negative buoyancy”—I’m assuming the legal term for heavy bones—which he feels makes it practically impossible for him to swim laps.
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So when a press release from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) crossed my desk saying that allergy and asthma triggers can ruin workout routines since allergens can be found lurking in health clubs, I naturally didn’t mention it. I could just hear him say, “Jane, I told you I felt worse after I came from the health club—[Note: the one time he actually went to one]—not better!! So much for your theory that we should all go to the gym!”