Avoid heavily trafficked roads
Living in a big city means you have a glut of galleries, theaters, museums, bars, clubs,
and restaurants to keep you entertained any time of the night and day.
Though the city may offer art, culture and plenty of entertainment,
it also means noise, traffic, pollution and plenty of people;
in other words, everything that could make the most mild-mannered of runners irate.
Fear not, here’s how to keep calm and run safe in the city.
Rush hour can see the amount of traffic on the roads quadruple.
And that means a massive increase in fumes and pollution.
Traffic exhaust fumes can be noxious in the short term, leaving you gasping for clean air,
and may even cause long term health problems if exposure is prolonged and frequent.
Still, the overall evidence generally agrees that the health risks of being inactive are greater than those
of been exposed to air pollution during your workout.
Try to time your runs so that traffic is relatively light or, if this is not possible, avoid the busiest roads.
If available nearby, run, walk, or cycle in the park, public spaces or trails.
Not only do these spaces tend to be low emission zones,
but research also shows that greenspaces have a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.
How to Run in the City
Running is a great way to clear your head, boost your physical and mental health and relieve cabin fever.
With races canceled, gyms closed and orders to stay close to home,
runners are finding respite in lacing up shoes and hitting the pavement in their local cities and neighborhoods.