Fitness Tip#351 - April 8, 2013
Monday, April 08, 2013
FIND A TREE
Breathing pollution like car exhaust and industrial fumes can cause
production of free radicals inside your body. Free radicals cause dam-age to all the bodyís tissues, including your cells where metabolism takes place. People who exercise in highly polluted outdoor environments seem to experience higher levels of heart problems and asthmatic symptoms then their non-exercising counterparts. Airborne contaminants in smog like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide can also reduce exercise capacity. So if you run, bike, swim or perform outdoor calisthenics or resistance training in areas known for high levels of pollution, move your exercise to a park or area with large concentrations of trees or foliage. Youíll find that the air will be noticeably purer. Furthermore, if you exercise in a rural environment with high levels of volcanic ash, road dust or agricultural related pollutants, make sure to avoid significant exposure especially during exercise. If you canít avoid a constant bar-rage of airborne contaminants just stay indoors.