While the Telegraph and Mescal fires near Globe, Arizona are thankfully 65% and 88% contained, hazardous smoke continues to disburse west towards the Phoenix Metro Area. Just a few moments of exposure to this smoke can cause symptoms like scratchy throat, cough, irritated sinuses, headaches, runny nose and stinging eyes; and more serious reactions among those in high-risk groups.
Excessive or persistent air pollution, like smoke, is a health threat, particularly to children, the elderly and anyone with a compromised immune system. Smoke is made up of gases and microscopic particles called particulate matter (PM). If PM is inhaled deeply into the lungs, it can damage lung tissue and cause respiratory problems. With those potential health threats in mind, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality suggests we avoid physical activity outdoors when smoke is present in the environment; but we can’t just sit and be still.
Movement is essential for overall heath! So while we can’t go outside we must stay fit. My solution is bodyweight training. At home with just a mat and a small space in my bedroom I can complete a total body workout that challenges both my cardiovascular and muscular systems. Executing my workout routine indoors significantly reduces my exposure to harsh pollutants from the smoke. I give my lungs an even greater advantage by using an air filtration unit, closing the windows, and running the air conditioning on recirculate or fan while working out.
If you’re itching for some physical activity while you’re stuck indoors, join me for online fitness. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 or 8:30 am MST via Zoom I lead Total Body Conditioning Live Online. In just 60 minutes we’ll challenge ourselves to a full-body conditioning routine including an invigorating warm-up and rewarding cool-down. We’ll strengthen our cardiovascular and muscular systems while practicing balance and primary movement patterns.
- Your $200 monthly subscription includes 8 classes
- You’ll also enjoy a complimentary virtual nutrition session
- All fitness levels are welcome
- Equipment? Just grab a fitness mat
- You may cancel your subscription at any time