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Fitness Tip#351 - April 8, 2013

Monday, April 08, 2013


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 body’s 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. You’ll 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 can’t avoid a constant bar-rage of airborne contaminants just stay indoors.

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