Pollution & Exercise
Air pollution can aggravate asthma and other chronic lung
and heart diseases, can weaken the lung's defenses against
infection and may cause lung diseases.
Minimize Your Risk by Managing Your Exercise
You can minimize your exposure to air pollution by following some simple guidelines:
- Watch The Calendar - Ozone smog tends to be worst during May-to-September
- Watch The Clock - The highest levels of ozone typically occur during the afternoon. Since carbon monoxide is produced primarily by motor vehicles, the highest carbon monoxide levels usually occur during rush hour or during other traffic congestion situations
- Watch The News - Pollution levels are often given with weather reports and printed in newspapers. Pollution control officials often can predict when pollution levels will be high
(This information adapted from the American Lung Association)
The American Lung Association provides information about air quality and the problems associated with activity and exercise.
For more information on lung health programs, and special events, you can call the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
The American Lung Association1740 BroadwayNY, NY 10019212-315-8700