Category Archives: Sports

Smog is no excuse not to go for a run – it’s still better than sitting at home

Going for a run or cycling in a built-up area is still better for you than not exercising at all – despite the pollution, claims a new study. Researchers concluded that air pollution should not be an excuse for sitting … Continue reading

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Why does Chamonix have some of the worst air pollution in France?

It’s famous for its winter sports but few visitors know about the high levels of pollution that collect in this idyllic mountain valley. Chamonix’s mayor hopes a raft of improvements, including a new train service, will help clean up the … Continue reading

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Running in ‘chilled’ air

We all love chilled air, it’s clean and refreshing. BUT…. cold air in you lungs on a constant basis causes all sorts of issues from reduced lung function to inducing asthma attacks. Not good! So if you love the chill in the air … Continue reading

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Exercising when air pollution levels are high can do more harm than good

Do you check air pollution levels before exercising outdoors? You should. Although regular exercise is good for us, exercising in poor air may wipe any short-term fitness gains. Worse still, you could be putting your body at risk of serious … Continue reading

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Joggers are at higher risk of air pollution than walkers are

Joggers who run near busy roads may be putting themselves at a higher risk of breathing in air pollution compared to if they walked at an average pace, say scientists. The researchers wanted to know how the risk of inhaling … Continue reading

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Air pollution: how big a problem is it for cyclists?

It’s a scenario familiar to any urban cyclist: you’re stuck behind a fume-belching bus or taxi, a choking diesel aroma wafting through your lungs. You think: is this really the healthy option? The good, if simple, answer from pollution experts … Continue reading

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Exercise and Air Pollution

Just recently, the American Lung Association published its report on the latest measurements of soot particles and ozone in the air for almost 1,000 countries and cities in the United States. The results come as no surprise, especially for measurements … Continue reading

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Running a risk

Five days before the Beijing Marathon, the air pollution level in Beijing was rated “very unhealthy” by the US Embassy, and buildings in the distance appeared obscured by haze. Nonetheless, about 30,000 runners are gathering in the city on Sunday … Continue reading

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