Air Pollution and Running. It Sucks to Suck More

According to research by Linsey Marr of Virginia Tech, runners are more susceptible to the effects air pollution when compared to sedentary folk. It makes sense; while running, we inhale and exhale a greater volume of air, and thus, a greater amount of pollutants. The study found that it was only the air particulate count and not other pollutants (such as ozone or carbon monoxide) that affected running times.

What’s surprising is that it seams women are more affected than men. It is hypothesized that perhaps the effect is rendered through the smaller size of female tracheas, which allows for greater particulate deposition.

Maybe its time for a nice tri-gas mask to his the market.

About Ironvan

From couch potato to Ironman triathlete in 2 years.

Posted on April 6, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. that’s weird that it affects women more! i would pay money though to see a triathalon of people in gas masks.

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