For all the fitness junkies who loved an early morning jog or an evening stroll in the park, the hay days are over. The alarming levels of pollutants in the air of Delhi poses great health risks for anyone indulging in any sort of outdoor activities.
Pollution levels are so high that even residents are not safe within the four walls of their homes.
Here is a graphic explaining how air pollution affects people.
Cough: dry and persistent coughEye allergy: irritable and watery eyes
Skin allergy: itchy skin, rashes and flaky skin
Fatigue: feeling mostly drained out
Infections: susceptible to frequent seasonal bacterial and viral infections
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder: reduced lung capacity, lung damage
Cardiovascular diseases: increased risk of heart attack, high blood pressure
Stroke: blocked or ruptured blood vessels sending supply to the brain
Pneumonia: inflamed bronchial lung passagesOrgan damage: kidney, liver involved
Behavioural problems: irritability, mood swings, anxiety and depression
Infertility: low sperm count, recurrent miscarriages
- Do not go out for a jog on foggy winter mornings or during late evenings
- Avoid high-intensity exercises in the open as deep breathing will mean packing in larger volume of air that can lead to lung damage even with relatively low levels of pollution
- Prefer gym over parks on days when pollution levels are high
- Use an N95/99 mask when jogging in the open
- Avoid areas with high-traffic density