If you like to cross-train by running or biking, you're probably looking forward to exercising outside as we head into milder temperatures. But new research suggests that where you run may matter more than you think. A study published in The BMJ found that women who were exposed to higher levels of air pollution were more likely to experience anxiety. Participants tended to have higher anxiety symptoms just by living within 200 meters of a major road—and exposure to pollution increases when you're outside.

There's good news too, though. Another study from the University of Copenhagen found that the beneficial effects of exercising generally outweigh the harmful ones of pollution. And there are things you can do to reduce your exposure to pollutants even if you live in a major city. Try these tips: 

1. Exercise in the morning, since pollution is usually worse in the afternoon, early evening and hotter parts of the day.
2. Eat vitamin C. Researchers from Imperial College London found that foods high in vitamin C (like dark green vegetables and citrus fruits) may help against the effects of air pollution, due to their antioxidant properties.

3. Avoid the busiest areas where car exhaust and other pollutants are at their highest levels. Try running on quieter trails near your home, or duck into a nearby park if you're in the middle of the city.

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During one of Charlotte Nash's first few weeks with Houston Ballet II, she was thrown into a run-through of Balanchine's Theme and Variations. "I had never really understudied before and I didn't know what I was doing," she says. "I fell right away and was quickly replaced." For Nash, now a dancer with Festival Ballet Providence, the episode was a tough lesson. "I was mortified, but then I said to myself, 'Okay, I need to figure out how to learn things more quickly.'"

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Today's ballet dancer needs a lot from a pointe shoe. "What I did 20 years ago is not what these dancers are doing now," says New York City Ballet shoe manager Linnette Roe. "They are expected to go harder, longer days. They are expected to go from sneakers, to pointe shoes, to character shoes, to barefoot and back to pointe shoes all in a day."

The team at BLOCH developed their line of Stretch Pointe shoes to address dancer's most common complaints about the fit and performance of their pointe shoes. "It's a scientific take on the pointe shoe," says Roe. Dancers are taking notice and Stretch Pointe shoes are now worn by stars like American Ballet Theatre principal Isabella Boylston, who stars in BLOCH's latest campaign for the shoes.

We dug into the details of Stretch Pointe's most game-changing features:

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The Joffrey Ballet's Amanda Assucena and Greig Matthews in Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre. Cheryl Mann, Courtesy Joffrey Ballet.

Wonder what's going on in ballet this week? We've rounded up some highlights.

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Herman Cornejo in Don Quixote. Gene Schiavone, Courtesy ABT.

American Ballet Theatre's fall season at Lincoln Center's Koch Theater offers a chance to see the company in shorter works and mixed-repertoire programs. This year's October 16–27 run honors principal Herman Cornejo, who's celebrating his 20th anniversary with the company. Cornejo will be featured in a special celebratory program as well as a new work by Twyla Tharp (her 17th for the company), set to Johannes Brahms' String Quartet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111. The October 26 program will include Cornejo in a pas de deux with his sister, former ABT dancer Erica Cornejo.

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