Smog, from epa.govÂ .
The New York Times published a popular story this week about the growing number of problems outdoor exercisers are experiencing due to air pollution.Â
Kenneth Rundell, the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., said, â€œAthletes typically take in 10 to 20 times as much air,â€ and thus pollutants, with every breath as sedentary people do. He was the chairman, in May, of a scientific session on air pollution and athletes at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.
The trend is getting worse and can lead to problems from asthma to heart attacks.Â Experts in the story advise against quitting outdoor exercise, but suggest instead keeping a greater distance from cars spewing exhaust.