About myAir Air Quality App
At myAir, we are dedicated to the idea that people with personalized information on air quality monitoring can make intelligent choices about exposure to potentially harmful substances. We have developed an air quality app using Air Pollution Dose Model (APDM). It is designed to estimate the amount of air-borne contaminants a person will breathe into his or her lungs during various degrees of physical exertion outdoors.
We harvest data from the nationwide network of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitoring sites. We take the EPA air pollution information and add it to information about you and your intended activity to provide customized safe exposure levels. The EPA air quality index provides accurate air quality monitoring that we intake in order to provide you with information on the health effects of air pollution on your lungs. We do all the hard work and monitor the current air quality, all you have to do is just take a quick look at this air quality index app. That way you can make the most of being active outdoors—without having to worry about your health. Try the air quality app today!
Your Lungs, Body Type, and the CDC
The human lung can safely handle inhaled PM2.5 and ozone within limits. Those limits are different for each person. Mucus, cilia action in the upper airways, macrophage digestion of particles in the bronchioles and alveoli, and the lung’s liquid lining of surfactant which aggregates small particles into larger ones that can be taken up and out of the airways are only a few of the natural defenses the lungs have for dealing with typical fluctuations in air pollution. The surfactant also contains several antioxidants. Special cells continuously secrete and replenish the surfactant anti-oxidants, which neutralize the ground-level ozone we all breathe. The most important adverse health effect on the lungs from most air pollutants (asbestos and carcinogens being exceptions) is tissue inflammation. To protect personal and public health repeated episodes of pulmonary tissue inflammation should be avoided.
Individual body distinctions and more generalized differences in age, gender, and body size affect the rate and efficiency with which each individual utilizes metabolic energy output. The absolute reliance of metabolism on oxygen (expect for relatively short periods of time) is the chemical, biological and physical reality that causes respiratory rate and inspired volume to be directly associated in real time with physical exertion levels.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have noted the increasing rise of average body weight along with a decline in general fitness in the nation’s population. Frequent exercise is recommended to curb these trends and the attendant rise in incidence of diabetes, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Since use of the body’s energy is influenced by a person’s enjoyment of what they are doing, many people choose to exercise and play outdoors. Health effects in air pollution, particularly in urban areas, is often a real, or perceived, deterrent. Exposure to “unhealthy” pollution levels is common for most of the nation’s population, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The dilemma becomes one of choosing between the health risk associated with breathing dirty air and the health risks associated with not exercising. Utilizing air quality apps to help monitor local air quality can encourage people to become more active outdoors. With an app people can do a quick air quality check and see the air pollution effects on health and work out optimally without worrying about damaging their lungs.
The Science Behind myAir App
The myAir app is built on the Air Pollution Dose Model (APDM). Formulation of the APDM is based on scientific studies published in the areas of human respiratory physiology, metabolism, and anatomy. It also draws from the emerging exercise and strength sciences, fitness training certification training literature, and sports medicine publications. Together, these sciences and health-focused disciplines recognize the predictable biological processes involve as the body burns fuel and uses the energy released through metabolism to work, play, and live.
The myAir app is an easy-to-use tool that quickly measures outdoor air quality. It uses the air quality index by city so you can determine a safe to low-risk outdoor exercise time period in your area. Exercise smarter with myAir.
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