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Cycling and jogging can cause brain damage, make you stupid?

Old 12-11-12, 09:01 AM
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Cycling and jogging can cause brain damage, make you stupid?

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/50109534.../#.UMdJLHe4vq4

Apparently so.

It's all the pollution in city air. If you're going outside, you need to go somewhere where there's less toxic city air, like in the suburbs or the woods.

Or jog/bike in the wind and rain, apparently. Which is cool for me because whenever there's a hurricane here I go for a bike ride in it (a tradition I started with Irene, when I bicycled home IN THE FRICKIN' HURRICANE). Really need some rain pants and a rain hood though.

So, exercise should make you smarter... you gotta train the body to train the mind, that's what they said on Full Metal Alchemist. Except there's crap in the air that makes you stupider. So you have to exercise when/where there's not crap in the air. Or get a mask that makes you look like Oroku Saki

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Old 12-11-12, 10:33 AM
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I think this has been addressed before, and the air in a car sitting in rush hour is worse than the (extra) air you get exercising outside. (Assuming it doesn't trigger an asthma attack, that is!)

Sounds like the hit *****s at msnbc are desperate this week.
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Old 12-11-12, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
I think this has been addressed before, and the air in a car sitting in rush hour is worse than the (extra) air you get exercising outside. (Assuming it doesn't trigger an asthma attack, that is!)
Ah, I hadn't heard that before.

I'm just surprised all this physical activity works wonders ... until you're in the city, then it just makes your brain dysfunctional. I thought the air had gotten cleaner since the factories stopped pumping soot and mercury into the air.
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The findings: High levels of air pollution in the city prevented participants from gaining exercise-induced cognitive benefits such as brain plasticity (the ability for the brain to change when presented with new knowledge), comprehension, and mental health.

That doesn't mean that exercise in smog makes you stupid, it means that it doesn't make you smarter like exercise in clean air does.
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Old 12-11-12, 03:38 PM
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Articles such as that are ABSOLUTE NONSENSE.
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Old 12-11-12, 04:06 PM
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One part of the solution is more people riding bicycles and many less using single occupant cars

If you live in an area that can get to higher levels of particle pollution use the NOAA’s air quality site and get daily info and/or email alerts for your area. Unfortunately funding cuts may mean it’s no longer around in a few more months so you’ll then have to find another air quality index forecast for your area and one that doesn’t rely on NOAA’s guidance

http://airquality.weather.gov/


the air in a car sitting in rush hour is worse than the (extra) air you get exercising outside.
Doesn’t the air recirculation function in cars help with that?


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Old 12-11-12, 06:06 PM
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I don't know about the article, but my personal observations are that most, if not all of the stupid people I know are the ones that don't run or ride a bicycle.
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I love how the "cause" is cycling and jogging (basically going outside and breathing the air) and not automotive pollution.
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Originally Posted by ericm979 View Post
The findings: High levels of air pollution in the city prevented participants from gaining exercise-induced cognitive benefits such as brain plasticity (the ability for the brain to change when presented with new knowledge), comprehension, and mental health.

That doesn't mean that exercise in smog makes you stupid, it means that it doesn't make you smarter like exercise in clean air does.
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Old 12-13-12, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by clemsongirl View Post
One part of the solution is more people riding bicycles and many less using single occupant cars

If you live in an area that can get to higher levels of particle pollution use the NOAA’s air quality site and get daily info and/or email alerts for your area. Unfortunately funding cuts may mean it’s no longer around in a few more months so you’ll then have to find another air quality index forecast for your area and one that doesn’t rely on NOAA’s guidance

http://airquality.weather.gov/




Doesn’t the air recirculation function in cars help with that?

Yeah, but its either pulling in "fresh" air (the exhaust of all the other cars idling around you) or recirculating the "dirty" air inside your car (high CO2 levels, etc).
Both bad.

One thing people neglect is to regularly change the cabin air filter, which could perhaps help with this.

And yeah, articles like this are nonsense.
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I remember a study done back during the '70s bike boom in Washington, DC. People were concerned that bicycle commuters might be inhaling dangerous amounts of polluted air. So they took blood samples from a study group of bicycle commuters and a control group of car commuters. The findings were that there was significantly more CO and other air pollutants found in the blood of the car commuters.
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When I'm commuting on my bike in single digit wind chill temps, I'm convinced that I'm either stupid or crazy. Now I have something to pin the blame on.
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After 300,000+ miles of bicycling and at age 80 I really don't give a damn!
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Originally Posted by Omiak View Post
I love how the "cause" is cycling and jogging (basically going outside and breathing the air) and not automotive pollution.
I think the writers of that news article have inhaled too much smog.
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
After 300,000+ miles of bicycling and at age 80 I really don't give a damn!
I love this, and thank you Ma'am or Sir!
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I hate training / riding in the city. I always get as far away from civilization as possible.
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Originally Posted by Omiak View Post
I love how the "cause" is cycling and jogging (basically going outside and breathing the air) and not automotive pollution.
Enjoyed that, thanks.

I'm lucky enough that I commute early when there is hardly any traffic. Going home I'm happy to take a bike path that adds a mile but stays away from the fumes. Lucky to have that option.
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