Sunday, 29 July 2007

Why being an athlete isn't as healthy as it used to be

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Physical activity is great for your health, and although it's no guarantee against heart disease and cardiovascular issues it is a pretty big deterrent and can definitely swing the odds in your favor. But being an athlete isn't as healthy as it used to be years ago, now that air pollution levels and smog have risen so much in urban and highly populated areas. Athletes breathe in more air than the average sedentary person, and those chemicals and pollutants can build up their bodies and cause problems in the heart and lungs.

Suggestions on limiting the damage caused by poor air quality include doing what you can to avoid working out in high traffic areas and staying indoors altogether when the air quality is bad. You can usually get air quality readings on the website for your local state or city, or That's Fit found this handy national map that can also give you an idea of what you're dealing with in your area.

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