The increase in body temperature brought about by exercise may lead to a flare-up for many rosacea sufferers. Yet abandoning an exercise routine is not the answer to this dilemma. Here are tips for minimizing exercise-induced flare-ups:
Watch the forecast. In warm weather, outdoor exercise should be limited to early morning or evening hours to avoid the midday heat and sun. For activities such as walking or cycling, look for shaded trails instead of hot asphalt. Don't forget to wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher).
Cool the room. When exercising indoors, make sure the room is well ventilated by running a fan or air conditioner, or opening the windows for a cross-breeze.
Go low-impact. Choose a low-intensity workout that is less likely to cause you to overheat. Low-impact workouts can still be beneficial to your heart and overall health.
Chill out. Drape a cool, damp towel around your neck and chew on ice chips if you feel yourself starting to flush while exercising. You can also lightly mist your face with a spray bottle filled with cold water.
Break up your routine. Try exercising for 15 minutes three times a day instead of continuously for 45 minutes. Your body will still benefit from the cumulative effort.
Consider aqua aerobics. Many readers have recommended this as a good exercise for rosacea patients prone to flushing.
Comply with medical therapy. Remember to use your medication as prescribed by your doctor. This can help minimize flare-ups.
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