How To Adjust Your Workout Routines In Poor Air Quality - The Paseo Club

By Shane Yorke – Membership Director

With unusual high temperatures in Southern California, we are now experiencing more than normal fire breakouts.

What does this mean for an active person in California? Well, you might not want to hear this, but limiting your exposure from particles in the air would be more beneficial than the workout itself. Tiny particles in the air enter into your lungs and can cause irritation and trouble breathing. Even though we are now in the middle of the Coronavirus and mask have become the new norm, wearing a mask while engaged in vigorous activities will definitely put a strain on your respiratory system.

Before exercising outdoors, it would be a good idea to access what your local air quality is through a free phone app to see what you might be in for. This gives you a head up as to whether it’s a good idea to plan a modified activity, or skip all together. The AQS (Air Quality Index) is a measurement from 1-500 which ranges from good (1) all the way to hazardous (500).

Moderate air quality should not pose an issue for most individuals. Once the numbers start moving into 100+, most healthy people should not experience any discomfort, but those that have underlying respiratory issues will have a slightly difficult time while filling their lungs. It would be good advice to postpone outdoor activities once the AQI reaches beyond the 200+ level.

Always ensure that hydration is the main focus during any of your outdoor workouts, air pollution or not. Don’t be fooled with cooler temps with a smoke-filled sky. You are still exerting energy and although the sun may not be directly beating down at you, it’s still hiding behind the clouds depleting your body of essential fluids. Hydration is also key for optimal recovery. Consider adding hydration that has the benefit of sodium, potassium, and magnesium.