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Air in Fitness Centers Laden with Pollutants, Study Finds

Lack of ventilation and elevated levels of VOCs are common problems in gyms, according to European research, and pools have issues too. 

It’s painful enough to huff and puff through a Spin class without worrying about pollutants you might be sucking deep into your lungs, but a recent study suggests the air in fitness centers might not be as good for you as your workout routine.  

Elevated volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, and airborne dust were found in all eleven gyms that researchers from the University of Lisbon in Portugal and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands recently monitored for air quality. These pollutants can have health effects ranging from contributing to asthma to causing cancer.

Published November 20, 2014