• Not So Healthy! Air Quality At The Gym

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    Next time your yoga teacher tells you to take a “deep, cleansing breath” you may want to rethink that—not the breathing part (please don't stop breathing!) but the cleansing part. Gym air is definitely not clean air, according to a new study.

    Researchers from Portugal and Holland placed air quality monitors in gyms all over Lisbon and looked at the indoor environments. They measured levels of dangerous gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and ozone; airborne particulates such as dust; and various chemicals released by carpeting, cleaning products, furniture or paint, including formaldehyde. They collected readings over the course of a month, focusing on the times of day when the gyms were particularly busy like the evening after-work rush.

    Going to the gym to get healthy? You might want to read this first.

    Whether you are breathing hard in a spinning class or taking a deep cleansing breath during yoga, a new study has given us all pause to consider the indoor air quality at the local gym.

    Researchers from the University of Lisbon in Portugal and the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands placed air-quality monitors in the weight room of 11 gyms, as well as several of the gyms’ exercise and yoga studios. The monitors measured the levels of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), dust particles and chemicals like formaldehyde (CH2O).

    Results revealed concerning levels of indoor air pollutants such as dust, formaldehyde and carbon dioxide, which can lead to asthma and other respiratory problems. The concentrations of these substances generally exceeded most accepted standards for indoor air quality.

    CO2 on its own can cause fatigue, light-headedness, and foggy …

    But no one is telling you to stop exercising and with cold weather here, working out indoors is the only option for many people. Rather, Ramos says this should be a wake-up call for the fitness industry to make sure gyms are properly ventilated and cleaned so that clients have a safe space that will help them achieve their healthy goals. If you're worried about your gym, have a chat with the manager about ways to improve air circulation and cleaning.

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