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Outdoor Exercisers: Get Closer to Nature

Exercising outdoors is the only way for some people. If this is your main mode of exercise, try to stay off of high-traffic roads. A recent study from the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) found that exercising too close to traffic can actually increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. When you exercise, you are breathing more heavily, and these deep inhales are bringing more toxins into the lungs.

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There’s nothing wrong with exercising outdoors. Try to stay off busy roads, exercise early in the morning (fumes are not as bad at this time), or even shun roads all together for a park or nature trail.

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Great tips! Thank you. Report
Great tips! Thank you. Report
I sure notice that when I walk here in Toronto, and I am just as sure that walking in Hawaii does us a world of good. That's why we drive to the Ontario lakeshore here. It’s the air. Report
I am one that loves to walk out doors, so thanks for the info Report
I don't know how I can avoid the traffic here in Miami. I'm going to think about this. Report
Thank you! Report
Thanks Report
I love walking outdoors and where I live I have lots of places to go that are out of the fumes. Report
Outside is my favorite place to exercise! So far, icy weather has been my only deterrent, and we don't have much of that here usually. My daily walks help keep me sane and centered! I just layer clothes on cold weather. Report
I always felt that exercising (walking, running, biking) next to heavy traffic could not be good for your lungs. Report
thanks for the info Report
another great article Report
We used to run on the trail near our house and it started to affect my asthma {the new freeway was right next to our tract housing~built 11 years AFTER we moved in!}. So,we chose a different route,but it took MOVING AWAY from the state entirely and now in a our new state and relatively new home,my asthma is practically non-existent!! All the beautiful trees that line the pathway we take [in the park] are providing FRESH oxygen! YAY!! Report
I walk around the school or inside the school when the weather is too out or to cold Report
I don't like walking/running on busy roads because people drive crazy!! I prefer the parks/paths/trail
s/neighborhoods anyway. Report
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Nicole Nichols
Nicole Nichols
A certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with a bachelor's degree in health education, Nicole loves living a healthy and fit lifestyle and helping others do the same. Nicole was formerly SparkPeople's fitness expert and editor-in-chief, known on the site as "Coach Nicole." Make sure to explore more of her articles and blog posts.