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Cardio And Air Quality
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Cardio And Air Quality

If you live in the city or near a major factory, you have probably been through some days where you feel a little lack-luster when you go outside. This is often due to air pollution slowly seeping into your blood stream. For anyways trying to develop good cardio or just lose a little weight, this can be a real problem. Here are a few of the problems with cardio and air quality not being in agreement.

Stamina

Plain old cardiovascular endurance. You can not last nearly as long when your body is constantly dealing with obstructions in the air ways and filtering out nasty chemicals and other debris. You will find yourself wheezing as your increased breathing rate from exerting yourself makes you suck in even more of the nasty air. You simply can not get a good workout in when the smog rolls in.

Improvement

Living in a smoggy environment will slow down your progress between workouts significantly as well. Having to fight off the nasty stuff you are breathing in puts a real strain on your respiratory tract. Your body wont want to increase its ability to take in air when you're constantly breathing in garbage! Your lungs and immune system are also closely connected; having some of this nasty stuff in your blood stream will cause your lungs to start to deteriorate as the immune system becomes stressed.

Health

Smog affects the entire cardiovascular system and even the kidneys/liver as they filter out the toxins that come in through the lungs. This leads to almost all of your bodies systems being damaged by poor quality air. Some of the signs of being affected by smog include numbness, shortness of breath, and kidney pains. If you can not get out of that smog filled environment, you should start a diet designed to boost your immune function.

Weight loss

Having toxins in your system interrupts everything including metabolism. You will find that weight loss becomes much harder when in a polluted environment. The longer you are exposed the worse it gets too. For proper weight loss cardio, I suggest wearing some kind of air filter mask such as Respro masks. You can also try wearing simple paper filters but those only work on the larger airborne particles. Your cardio should always be done when the smog is thinnest. This time can change depending on the seasons and weather pattern so you should have a dynamic cardio schedule


Street Talk

Kali Webb  

When I lived in Kansas City, I can recall exactly what you've described. Riding my bicycle along a busy street was almost as bad a smoking. I guess I was smoking auto exhaust. Now that I live in the woods and my walks, runs and rides are all away from traffic, it is so much easier to keep going out here in the fresh air.

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  about 6 years ago

Yup all that nasty pollution just makes you feel twice as heavy.

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  about 6 years ago
Joan S  

I lived in New York City for many years. The air quality was the pits. Somehow, I survived, and many people are surviving it. I felt oxygen deprived. Exercise was running 20 blocks or more. What's the answer to city dwellers? Conundrum.

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  about 6 years ago

There are these masks that athletes use when they go out for training in citys. The one I have is called Respro Techno. But ya, not much you can do otherwise. Just eat well to keep your immune system strong to fight off the nastiness.

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  about 6 years ago

Good thing I live out in the country with clean air!!! Polluted air can really be bad.

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  about 6 years ago

It can really make you feel worn down.

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  about 6 years ago

Good tip. Even paper filter masks help. Running in high traffic area's can be counter productive.

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  about 6 years ago

Yup all that smog damages your lungs making it all a waste.

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  about 6 years ago
Anna Ware  

Good article. You are right in that we need fresh clean air to be our best. People living like that would benefit from regular trips out in the countryside, it would probably benefit them when it comes to de-stressing and giving them a sence of calm as well.

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  about 6 years ago

There are still opportunities in the city where the air is clear. It depends on the temperature/air pressure.

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  about 6 years ago
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