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Fitness Center Moves Outdoor Workouts Indoors

Health experts say exercising outside in this poor air quality makes you breathe in the smoke 20 times more than you usually would just walking. One fitness center that usually incorporated outdoor workouts is now staying indoors.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 6:51 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Health experts say exercising outside in this poor air quality makes you breathe in the smoke 20 times more than you usually would just walking. One fitness center that usually incorporated outdoor workouts is now staying indoors. Going for a warm up run outside is now on hold at the CrossFit facility The Den and the fitness center Camp17.

"Last week, I don't think was too bad. Then we all started seeing ash on our cars and like a small haze starting to sit inside of [the fitness center] so we've closed the doors," said Camp17 Co-founder Lu Crenshaw.

So it’s been that way for about a week now--because of the smoky air.

"There would probably be running going on outside, the doors would be open, there would be sunshine shining in or people would be taking their equipment outside but because of the smoke the doors are closed and it’s awfully warm in here," Crenshaw said.

She added it seems like they can't catch a break when it comes to escaping the smoke. Fitness coaches don't want to leave the doors open to aerate the space because the smoky air would take its place. Now there are huge placed around the room to try to keep everyone working out cool.

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