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Toxic air makes outdoor yoga, jogging a health hazard for Delhiites

Breathing Delhi’s polluted air can cause anything from skin allergies to respiratory problems.

delhi Updated: Dec 08, 2016 13:23 IST
HT Correspondent
Air pollution

A participant runs during the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon 2016, in New Delhi on November 20.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

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.

SAY NO TO THESE IN FOUL AIR
Research has shown that outdoor exercise does more harm than good, if pollution levels are high. Avoid these when it happens



HURTS YOUR BODY, PERFORMANCE
How the pollutants affect your body
SHORT TERM
Cough: dry and persistent cough
Eye 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
LONG TERM
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 passages
Organ damage: kidney, liver involved
Behavioural problems: irritability, mood swings, anxiety and depression
Infertility: low sperm count, recurrent miscarriages
HOW TO MINIMISE RISK
  • 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

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