Scared of air pollution?? Are you avoiding your outings and morning walks fearing to polluted air??
Here is the solution to beat fears related to bad quality of air: University of Copenhagen researchers  have found that exercise can outweigh the harmful effects of air pollution
According to them, despite the adverse effects of air pollution on health, air pollution should not be perceived as a barrier to exercise in urban areas.
"Even for those living in the most polluted areas of Copenhagen, it is healthier to go for a run, a walk or to cycle to work than it is to stay inactive," said Zorana Jovanovic Andersen, associate professor from the Centre for Epidemiology and Screening in a paper published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The Danish study included 52,061 people, aged 50-65 years, who participated in the cohort study Diet, Cancer and Health.  The team observed about 20 percent fewer deaths among those who exercised than among those who did not exercise -- even for those who lived in the most polluted areas or close to busy roads and highways.
However, we would still advise people to exercise and cycle in green areas, parks, woods, with low air pollution and away from busy roads, when possible," she noted.
It is well known that physical activity reduces while air pollution increases the risk of premature mortality. This is the first large population-based, prospective cohort study that has examined the joint effects of both physical activity and air pollution on mortality, the authors concluded.

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