Fitness Articles

Outdoor Exercisers: Get Closer to Nature

Fitness News Flash

Exercising outdoors is the only way for some people. If this is your main mode of exercise, try to stay off of high-traffic roads. A recent study from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) found that exercising too close to traffic can actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. When you exercise, you are breathing more heavily, and these deep inhales are bringing more toxins into the lungs.

Action Sparked
There’s nothing wrong with exercising outdoors. Try to stay off busy roads, exercise early in the morning (fumes are not as bad at this time), or even shun roads all together for a park or nature trail.

Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
Page 1 of 1  

Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

About The Author

Nicole Nichols Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.

Member Comments

  • I have a road like that near me, I try not to walk on it very much it's stinky from car exhaust and loud from trucks. - 10/9/2015 8:20:00 AM
  • It never ceases to amaze me how it takes a study to discover what society knew as the obvious. LOL - 7/17/2015 12:38:41 PM
  • I have heard of this too there is a bandana you can get that is supposed to cut down on inhaled toxins (its for motorcyclists and made in England) I know the drugstore by my house used to carry it I should get one. - 6/25/2015 8:12:18 PM
  • I'd love to exercise outside, but I have asthma and allergies and feel like I'm on barrowed time as it is. I'm ok Mall Walking or going to a gym that has a good air conditioning system. I use to love the outdoors when I was a kid. Parents, brother,sister and their friends were always heavy smokers (white paint turned absolutely grey). - 11/8/2014 10:00:15 PM
  • Rather misleading heading. Exercising OUTSIDE isn't the problem. Exercising on a road or with poor air quality is. - 8/26/2014 11:33:54 PM
  • I live in a city but we do have things like subdivisions (purely residential and usually low traffic) and parks. I stick to those places most of the time! I do go shopping on foot which calls for walking along major streets BUT I'm not putting in the same effort or breathing as hard as I do back in the subdivisions or parks. - 8/26/2014 12:46:23 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. - 8/7/2014 6:58:39 AM
  • Wow, great tip to run by. I never would have thought about it. I will keep to bike trails as much as possible. I was thinking more traffic related accidents. Bears are not a problem in my neck of the woods. - 8/6/2014 12:09:25 PM
  • I live in the country and I thought this article was going to be about how to avoid bears ! lol - 6/24/2014 8:06:06 AM
  • Aww... feel bad for people who live in the city but like to exercise outdoors. - 1/10/2014 11:57:49 AM
  • I live in the city, unfortunately I exercise there too. - 5/17/2013 9:04:08 AM
  • KLUTZY68
    I always wondered whether this might be true. Unfortunately, vegetable gardens in high traffic areas have the same problem. - 5/14/2013 5:45:12 AM
  • I'm glad I run out in the country where there is little traffic! Thank you for this article, as I have not thought about this previously! - 2/13/2011 10:03:13 AM
    Yes, trails all the way! :) - 2/13/2011 7:22:20 AM
  • I'm not sure this is news, really, considering stress is a major factor in cardiovascular health. Not to mention exhaust fumes, etc. I live in a rural area, so it's easy for me to get near nature, but not so easy for those who live in cities. Perhaps more green spaces? - 11/9/2010 8:52:42 AM

x Lose 10 Pounds by November 24! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.