Thursday, January 23 2014, 05:11 PM MST
Alternatives to Exercising in the Inversion
(KUTV) – An air alert has been issued for Northern Utah. In fact, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality posted this advisory: "Health Advisory: Sensitive people with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion
Despite this warning, many people continue to exercise outdoors. Doctors warn that exercising outside on bad air days can be harmful to your health. The pollution can damage your heart and lungs.
So what can you do? We spoke with Doctor Jake Veigel, a sports medicine physician with Intermountain Healthcare. He says there are alternatives for those of you who may be training for upcoming events. "If you are a runner, then go out and do some weights; get in the pool; do some yoga; Crossfit; other things to try and keep your body fit." Another suggestion is to head to the mountains and get out of inversion. You can go for a run in Midway or Park City. Or, you can try cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
You can also try to find places that have an indoor running track. Doctor Veigel says you should plan your long runs for the days following a winter storm.
For more information on air quality, visit: http://www.deq.utah.gov/
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