Exercise can outweigh harmful effects of air pollution

31 March 2015

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that exercise can be beneficial enough to combat the negative effects of air pollution, in terms of the risk of early death.

The study shows that, although there are adverse effects of air pollution on health, it should not discourage people from exercising in urban areas.

Associate professor Zorana Jovanovic Andersen, from the Centre for Epidemiology and Screening at the University of Copenhagen, said even for those living in areas experiencing high levels of air pollution, it's healthier to exercise than to remain inactive.

The research, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, is the first large population-based, prospective cohort study that has measured the joint impact of both physical activity and air pollution on mortality.

The study looked at more than 52,000 participants between the age of 50 and 65 years old who had taken part in the study Diet, Cancer and Health. 

Posted by Edward Bartel

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