Let’s say that ozone air quality where you live is forecast to be code orange tomorrow. If you’re a runner – even if you’re healthy – the air quality can be harmful to you. Reduce the amount of ozone you breathe in a few ways: Plan your run for the morning, when ozone levels generally are lower; shorten your run, walk instead, or run on a treadmill indoors, where ozone levels are lower.
On a day when particles are forecast to be at code orange or above, take similar steps if you have heart or lung disease. Do something less intense – like walking instead of running; take a shorter run; or reschedule your run for a time when air quality is better.
AQI recommendations apply to other outdoor activities, too – including activities like working in the garden! So on a poor air quality day, think about doing less-strenuous chores, like light raking or pruning instead of heavy shoveling or planting. Also, take more frequent breaks – resting reduces your exposure.
Find your AQI forecast:
- On AirNow
- Download the free AirNow app for iPhone or Android.
- Sign up for AirNow EnviroFlash, a free service that sends air quality info to your e-mail or mobile phone e-mail address.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides additional Air Quality Forecast Guidance.
Use the Activity Guidelines to promote both an active lifestyle and air quality health for children and teenagers.
It's Our Environment Blog Post: What Does Air Quality Mean for Your Exercise Routine?