But pollution is everywhere. What can I do?
You don't have to move to a yurt or adopt a plains-wandering nomadic lifestyle. But you should pay better attention to the unhealthy air that’s wafting into your lungs as we speak.
Here are three easy ways to get started:
Check your air quality like you check the weather: State of the Air, a website run by the American Lung Association, works just like finding your local weather forecast for the day. If the air quality is poor, opt for an indoor workout and skip the outdoor stroll during the danger hours -- when it’s the hottest and the sun has reached its peak.
Don't have enough room for a home workout in that studio apartment? Choose the early morning or late evening hours to get an outdoor workout in. Pollution (and transportation congestion) are at their lowest during this time.
Take the scenic route when running or biking: Get your head out of the smog and stop running or biking on routes that are surrounded by traffic. Find a scenic route so you can breathe more freely as you get your heart rate up.
Avoid using outside air in your car: You know that little button on your car’s air system that looks like you can rewind your car? That button can’t facilitate time travel, but it can help you avoid pulling in pollution from outside via your car’s air vents. Press the button and you’ll be recycling the (already filtered) air inside your cabin instead.
Pollution may not be the sexiest subject out there, but you owe it to your body to keep it on your health radar. You don't need to hide indoors or live like Bubble Boy. Just try to limit your exposure to harmful pollutants as much as you can. Your lungs, heart, and currently hidden abs will thank you later.
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Devan Ciccarelli is a writer and marketing specialist currently hiding behind the haze of air pollution. You’ll have to find her on Twitter: @DevanCiccarelli.