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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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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, September/October 2007. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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