Think About Air Quality
Learn how air quality can affect your health. Pay attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a tool that tells you when high levels of air pollution are predicted and tells you how air pollution affects your health. Finding the AQI is easy. It’s on the Web, on many local TV weather forecasts, or you can sign up for free email tools and apps.
Let’s say that the ozone level where you live is predicted to be Code Orange tomorrow. If you’re a runner – even if you’re healthy – that air quality could hurt you. Using the AQI, you can plan your run for when ozone levels will be lower, shorten your run (or walk instead), or run on a treadmill indoors.
Particle pollution has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, and even death in people with heart disease. On a day when particle pollution will be at Code Orange, do something less intense. Walk instead of run or weed your garden instead of doing heavier work.
Source: Centers for Disease Control. www.cdc.gov. Accessed May 22, 2017.