Infographic - Air Quality and Physical Activity
Air Quality and Physical Activity When air quality is poor you can still take part in physical activity.
Who’s most affected by poor air quality? Sensitive groups need to be aware of air quality.
How can I protect myself from air pollution during physical activity? Learn how to exercise safely
when the air quality is poor.
How do I get information about air quality? Here’s how to know your area’s air quality each day.
Air Quality and Physical Activity: What You Need to Know
Poor air quality can harm your health. When you’re
physically active you breathe in more air. That’s why
it’s important to reduce the amount of air pollution
you breathe in when you’re physically active.
Who’s most affected by poor air quality?
People who have:
- Heart disease
- COPD (a long-term lung disease).
How can I protect myself from air pollution during physical activity?
When air quality is poor, adjust your physical activity
routine to avoid breathing in too much air pollution:
- Move your physical activities indoors
- Change your physical activity to something less intense (for example, walking instead of jogging)
- Shorten the amount of time that you’re physically active
If you have asthma, be sure you keep your inhaler with you at all times — especially when you’re outside.
How do I get information about air quality where I live?
Each day, you can find out what the air quality is like by checking
the Air Quality Index (AQI) for where you live. The AQI tells you
when high levels of air pollution are predicted for the day. You can
use that information to plan for safe and healthy physical activity.
- Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups*
- Very Unhealthy
* Sensitive groups include people who have asthma, heart disease, or COPD.
Checking the AQI is easy — anyone can do it!
- Page last reviewed: November 17, 2017
- Page last updated: November 17, 2017
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