Cyclist in snow

Being prepared will help you manage being outdoors in the cold weather without the coughing, wheezing and other uncomfortable symptoms...

  • Do your research: Checking the weather before you leave the house is a must. High pollution levels and bitterly cold weather may mean that you need to take a few extra precautions. You can also schedule your exercise for a time of day when the outoor conditions will be more comfortable for you.
  • Give yourself a break: If the weather is not on your side, you can still exercise. Just try a less intense activity, such as walking rather than jogging. The more intense the exercise, the faster your heart rate and breathing. The faster you breathe the more allergens (and cold air) you inhale, worsening your symptoms. By taking it down a notch, you can still get a workout but not feel so lousy afterwards. There's also the opportunity to exercise indoors - try yoga, exercises or weight training. Just make sure your exercise area is well-ventilated and free from mould and dust mites (which can cause their own irritating symptoms).
  • Cover up: If you have respiratory allergies or sensitive airways, keep your nose and mouth covered to stay warm. The Cold Weather Mask is ideal for this, as it warms the air that you breathe. Sunglasses or goggles can also help shield the eyes from irritating allergens.
  • Speak out: If you struggle to breathe or your allergies and sensitivities make it very difficult for you to exercise, it may be time to speak to your GP. They will be able to offer helpful advice and suggest an appropriate course of treatment.