Summer is almost here and with it comes more fun in the sun. Outdoor activities are a great way to be active and stay healthy. However, the air you breathe could negatively impact your health when ozone levels are high, especially if you have asthma or other respiratory conditions. Here are a few ways you can protect yourself when you’re outdoors:
- Always check the SkyCast before being outdoors for an extended period of time. It will tell you what the air quality is predicted to be each day. Sign up for alerts via email or text message, or follow MARC Air Quality on Facebook or Twitter.
- Plan ahead when exercising outdoors. If the SkyCast calls for elevated ground-level ozone, consider an indoor activity. If you do choose to go out, do so during the cooler parts of the day — before 10 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Poor air quality typically occurs during the hottest part of the day, when conditions are right for ozone to form.
- Limit vigorous outdoor activity during an ozone alert. The harder you exercise the more air you need. If ozone levels are high, you are consuming poor air at a rapid rate. Try walking instead of jogging or yoga instead of lifting weights.
- Listen to your body. Regardless of whether air quality is good or poor, your body knows when it needs hydration or a break.
- Buddy up with a partner or a group to watch one another for any health problems. Sometimes someone else will notice a problem before you feel it.
We want you to be safe when engaging in any physical activity. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice and carry any necessary medication with you, such as an inhaler. And don’t forget to take small steps to help take care of our air!