Not taking your run out of the city
“If you live in a busy city, running along city streets is the easiest way to get in the Ks, but if it’s possible, find a less polluted space for your long runs,” says Lisson. “Experiment with how you feel after an hour running from stoplight to stoplight and an hour running on a trail or by the ocean.” A review of literature published in the Journal of Sports Medicine found that running in polluted air doesn’t give you the same cognitive benefits as running in clean air. Exposure to air pollution can have negative effects on brain health as well as the lungs, so making the drive to a cleaner location might be worth the extra time.
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