Air Pollution and Health Clubs

Gather 100 or so exercising, sweaty people in a large room and you would expect some pungent odors. A study led by Carla Ramos from the University of Lisbon in Portugal showed that gym air pollution goes way beyond the smell of sweat. Air-quality measurements in 11 large health clubs in Lisbon showed that levels of carbon dioxide, dust, formaldehyde and carbon monoxide exceeded public health standards. Sources of the air pollution included chemicals used for cleaning, inadequate sanitation and high gym use rates. Air quality was measured during the late afternoon and early evening when the gyms were most crowded. The poor air quality could contribute to fatigue and trigger lung problems such as asthma and shortness of breath. (Building and Environment, 82:349-360, 2014)

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