What are the significant health risks of jogging in the city around car exhaust fumes?


Question:I just moved into a city from a suburban setting. I'm used to jogging along on paths that are free of car exhaust fumes.

However, in my new home I'm surrounded by major highways and I'm worried about the health effects of the exhaust.

On weekends is it worth driving 45 minutes back to where I used to live to get the fresh air? I jog about 4 to 6 miles 3-4, days a week.

Answers:

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Well, you are looking at several compounds: Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulfur, carbon monoxide, and fine particulate matter. None of this is great for you. Some liken the health risks of running in urban areas to smoking a cigarette. I knew somebody who worean air filter, and took great joy in showing what he screened out.

I weigh in on the side of running occaisionally in bad air beats sitting around doing nothing.

Most major metropolitan areas publish an Air Quality health index. it's often in the newspaper. Use this as one guide.

Where possible, run in parks, or in areas with less traffic. Running in the morning, or late in the evening when there are less cars on the road. Is it worth driving 45 minutes to run in fresh air? For me, yes, but more because of the change of pace.

It is wise to be concerned about it, but with a little planning, you can minimize your exposure to the worst of it.

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I'm sure there is some cummulative affects of breathing a lower air quality, but I would think that it's better to run than not to. Most cities have some parks with trails and paths that you could probably get to in just a 15 minute ride. I, too, live in a congested area. For my long runs, I either drive to a park or I run to the local HS track and run a bunch of loops (with MP3 player).

Bottom line: Check out your area and try to find a place away from the traffic or near some trees. You can use Google Earth (see link) to scope out, measure, and map your running paths. Hope that helps.

- Mike

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No need to worry. Your lungs will filter the air and make the environment more "friendly" for the rest of us. It's a good thing.

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