Fun Facts About Fresh Air
Fun Facts About Fresh AirPosted by Korman Res | Fun Facts About Fresh Air
Air is essential to life. We breathe it every second of every day and the cleaner it is, the healthier we are. At Korman Residential, we believe that everyone should be able to breathe fresh air. That’s why we were the first property management company to offer smoke-free apartments in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.
The following are some interesting facts about air (fresh and otherwise) that you might not know:
• According to the WHO (World Health Organization), the top ten cities with the worst air pollution in the world are located in Iran, Mongolia, India, Pakistan and Botswana. Four of them are in Iran alone. The biggest reason for this is heavy industry (mainly oil production), and inadequate environmental laws.
• Out of the top ten cities with the least air pollution in the world, Canada is home to six of them! The rest are located in Estonia, Mauritius, and Australia. Some U.S. cities are very high up on the “world’s cleanest” list as well, thanks to improved environmental laws over the past few decades.
• You may have heard that the air is thinner at the top of a mountain. This is true, as high elevation reduces the amount of oxygen in the air you breathe. Because the body takes in less oxygen, it must work harder to compensate for it. The heart must pump faster to bring more oxygenated blood to the tissues, and your veins and arteries must constrict to help deliver oxygen more effectively. This increases your heart rate and blood pressure. Feeling “short of breath” from simple activities is also quite common at high altitudes, as the lungs struggle to compensate for the lower oxygen levels.
• Many athletes participate in “altitude training”, which is physical conditioning at high altitudes in order to maximize the body’s oxygen consumption during competition at sea level. Many athletes and trainers believe this type of training gives them a competitive advantage because their bodies have acclimated to performing at lower oxygen levels, and will therefore exceed performance levels at lower altitudes. In fact, the United States has a high-altitude Olympic training center in Colorado Springs, CO.
• Have you ever walked up to a bar and ordered…air? Believe it or not, “oxygen bars” have been popping up all over the country. Generally, customers purchase a ten or twenty-minute session breathing scented, oxygen-enriched air through a plastic tube called a nasal cannula. A session is supposed to leave the customer feeling clear-headed, refreshed and energized, since the oxygen concentration is considerably higher than the oxygen level in the air we breathe.
Want to breathe fresh air at home? Learn more about Korman Residential’s smoke-free apartments at http://www.livekorman.com/living/smoke-free-living.