Minding the Wild Fires & Outdoor Conditions

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

There are no less than four wild fires currently ravaging the Greater Los Angeles area. Couple that with Santa Ana winds gusting up to 60 mph. It is worth mentioning that everyone in the area should refrain from prolonged and strenuous outdoor workouts, particularly if you have respiratory and/or cardiovascular conditions. Some areas are, of course, more affected by the fires than others. But even if you do not smell smoke, there are still harmful particulates in the air. So it’s better to take the workouts indoors. If you are within the affect areas, though, it is a good idea to refrain from working out altogether because these microscopic particulates can get indoors. Skipping a day or two won’t derail your fitness goals.

AirNow.gov is a good resource to check air quality levels for your area.