I was wondering if there are places one can jog/run outside in Taipei for exercise.
I have heard rumors that the air pollution is so bad, that it will actually negatively
impact your health to run outside… Sounds a little far fetched to me, but I don’t
live there yet…
Does anyone here live in the Taipei area and regular run outside?
Would anyone recommend sticking to indoor gyms instead?
The air has improved dramatically in the past 5 years but old rumors persits. Jog at night after 8 or 9 (or early morning) and the air is usually fine as pollution is entirely the by-product of cars in Taipei. gte away from cars and you’re fine.
I jog along the dikes in Muzha near the zoo, and also up in the university grounds where no cars are allowed. Air is great and it’s a nice tree-lined route with crickets and owls in the evening calling out.
Do be aware of bad air days as they happen either because of a sandstorm or an inversion. You can usually tell because the air is still and doesn’t smelll good even in the late evening. Summer is a great tiem to jog as we get afternoon showers almost every day which cools down the air and also gets rid of all the pollution.
So in general, jog outside but be aware of bad days.