Running in Low Quality or Smoky Conditions

Today, we’re sharing some recommendations for protecting yourself from the health effects of wildfire smoke.  First, some fast facts:

  • The biggest health concerns with smoke are from the fine particles with diameters less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5). 

  • These particles can burrow deep in the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing inflammation, circulatory issues, and even bronchitis.

  • If you have asthma, lung disease, or heart disease, inhaling wildfire smoke can be especially harmful. The same goes for young children and people over 65.

To protect yourself:

  • Wear an N95 respiratory mask when outdoors, sealed tightly to your face. It should have two straps that go around your head and be certified by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

  • Familiarize yourself with the Air Quality Index. The higher the number, the more hazardous the air quality.

  • Drink plenty of water to flush your system, until you’re using the bathroom often and your urine is on the clear side.

  • Avoid exercising outdoors. Aside from irritating your eyes and lungs, smoke particles can trigger serious health issues, particularly if you have an underlying condition.

  • Stick to indoor workouts. You can book a virtual training session with us or we can recommend an online program. 

  • Check for the latest updates from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

If you can swing it, a better solution may be to leave town and go to an area with better air quality. Of course, you know what will ultimately work best for you and your family. Please feel free to forward this email to friends, family, or anyone you’d like. Have more questions? Reach out to your Apeiron Life expert anytime.

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