Air Pollution in Gyms

Air Pollution in Gyms

Gather about 100 sweaty people exercising in a large room and you would expect some pungent odors. A Portuguese study discovered that gym air pollution goes way beyond the smell of sweat.

Air-quality measurements in eleven popular health clubs in Lisbon showed that levels of dust, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide exceeded public health standards.

What were the major sources of the air pollution? Chemicals used for cleaning, inadequate sanitation and high gym use rates. The researchers measured air quality during the late afternoon and early evening when the gyms were most crowded.

The poor air quality could contribute to fatigue and cause lung problems such as shortness of breath and asthma.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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