Finding Fresh Air
To minimize your exposure to outdoor health-destroying air pollution:
Schedule outdoor workouts for early morning when the sun is weaker and there's less car exhaust.
Choose open, windy locations with little traffic. Air currents disperse pollution.
Exercise indoors when there's an air-pollution alert. Air quality index above 100 is not safe if you have asthma or heart disease. Above 200, the air is a serious health concern for everyone.
Breathe through your nose, not mouth. This will reduce the amount of pollutants reaching your lungs
Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains-all high in antioxidants (repairers of the damage caused by free radicals that air pollutants trigger).
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