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Pollution and Exercise
Exercise and air pollution - as we will show below, the two do not go together.
I live in a large, urban area that has an almost continual brown smog cloud that
overhangs the city. I have for decades marvelled that people will go
jogging and biking in the middle of such severe pollution. In fact, I
often see people jogging right down a major street with their mouths and lungs
positioned almost literally over hundreds of exhaust pipes.
Of course, the tragedy is that most of these people feel they are improving
their health. After all, exercise is always good as long as we don't
The truth is that there is ever-increasing evidence that joggers and bikers such
as these are actually damaging their health. It started in the 90's with
studies that showed a variety of nasty conditions associated with long term
exposure to air pollution. For example, researchers examined a group of
non-smoking Seventh Day Adventists and found an increased risk for asthma,
airway obstructive disease and chronic cough.  Why? Several studies
have since shown that the particulate matter in air pollution leads to
inflammation in the lining of the lungs  and previous research had shown
that the lining of the lungs thickened from abnormal cell division, almost a
"scar tissue" reaction if you will. 
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In the meantime, multiple studies on animals followed showing that air pollution
could lead to heart disease and bone marrow issues. Human studies verifed
what researchers already suspected and one summary study summarized it best by
stating that particulate matter leads to an augmented risk of "increased heart rate,
decreased heart rate variability and increased cardiac arrhythmias" and even
"sudden cardiac death." 
NOTE: One recent 2010 study found that living in
air pollution that meets
federal guidelines damages the delicate microvessels, i.e. mini-capillaries,
throughout our bodies. Scientists found this by examing the tiny retinal
vessels in the back of the eye.  One can only imagine what this does if
you're jogging or biking outside and sucking in pollutants and irritants like a
car wash vacuum. Actually, we no longer have to imagine as a study in 2011
of bike riders along polluted streets had
And that leads to the next big question, "Does exercising in air pollution do
even further damage?" A variety of research, including a 2008 study showed
that exercising in high air pollution lead to decreased exercise
performance among healthy, college-age bikers for as long as three days after
exposure!  A 2011 study showed a loss of heart rate variability,
showing a less healthy cardiovascular system, among bikers that had parelleled
polluted streets. 
Another study showed that jogging along a streeth was the equivalent to smoking
in terms of the nasty toxins found in their bloodstream.
Researchers believe that most of the damage comes from ozone, although
heightened lead exposure is possible as well.  Pain,
shortness of breath, airway resistance and many other negative attributes are
associated with ozone levels as small as 0.24 ppm.  Furthermore, ozone
had already been associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in polluted
areas of the country.  Another issue for exercising city dwellers is the fact
that car exhasut release many ultrafine particles that can be driven deep into
the lungs. Imagine the damage from all of this on an athlete sucking in exhaust
fumes in a toxic cloud of smog in a major urban area for an extended period of
NEWS FLASH: Researchers recently raised diesel into the "known carcinogen"
category and have found that it causes lung cancer.  If you jog in the city,
you're going to get a hefty dose of diesel - guaranteed.
Air Pollution Solutions
1) Go Indoors. Okay, so it's bad enough that you live in the city much less exercise in
it, right? And, even worse, we know that anything that leads to heart disease may
also lead to (or exacerbate) erectile dysfunction. After all, you cannot have strong
erections with damaged endotheliums full of plaque. So, it may be prudent to think about joining a gym or even driving to a less polluted location instead.
2) Ornamental Plants. Probably the safest option is to exercise at home and buy a bunch of ornamental plants.
(Many gyms use nasty cleaning solutions on their equipment packed with VOCs.) Yes, it may
be time to get a green thumb as one study showed that various ornamental plants
dramatically reduce indoor air toxins.  The authors suggested that a wide
variety of plants be used, because each plant extracted and "quarantined" a
different set of air contaminants.  For a specific list of plants, see
Wondering which plants are the best? NASA actually did a study and below
we have listed the top 10 pollution-removing plants.  Keep in mind, though,
that almost any indoor plants will do a great job and so, if you can't locate
these, let that stop you.
- Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea Seifritzii)
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema Modestum)
- English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
- Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii)
- Janet Craig Dracaena (Unk.)
- Marginata (Dracaena Marginata)
- Mass cane/Corn Plant (Dracaena Massangeana)
- Mother-in-Law's Tongue (Sansevieria Laurentii)
- Pot Mum (Chrysantheium morifolium)
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum "Mauna Loa")
- Warneckii (Dracaena "Warneckii")
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Lung Injury after Bronchial Instillation of Air Pollution Particles"
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Exposure to Urban Levels of Air Pollution: A Histopathologic Study in Humans"
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and Fine Particulate Matter Inhalation Decreases Exercise Performance in Healthy
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during exercise: dose-response characteristics"
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Assessment of In Vivo Retinal Images in the Population-Based Multi-Ethnic Study
of Atherosclerosis (MESA)"
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Organic Pollutant Removal Efficiency"