Most of us don’t think very much about our lungs until they aren’t able to keep us as fit as they used to. When we stop being able to breathe or play sports as effectively as we once could, that’s when we pay attention. However, we should be paying attention much sooner.
Maintaining healthy lungs will help you keep respiratory illnesses at bay, get enough oxygen, and improve your physical performance. Healthy lungs also lower your risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease. So, how exactly do you make sure your lungs are in good physical condition? Keep reading for a few tips on how to have healthier lungs!
The best thing you can do for your lungs is to never smoke. The second best is to quit smoking. Of course, this is often easier said than done, but methods like switching to vape juice or having hypnotherapy sessions can help you to quit more effectively. There are so many tools out there for kicking this habit, and it’s important to find a solution that works for you.
Practice diaphragmatic breathing.
Diaphragmatic breathing is something you can do at any time to help keep your lungs functioning correctly. This type of breathing is most commonly used by people with conditions like asthma and bronchitis, but anyone can use them to improve their lung health.
How do you do it? Concentrate on your diaphragm and breathe deeply into it and out from it. It can take some practice, but once you’ve got it down, you can increase your lung capacity significantly.
Breathe more deeply.
Of course, deep breathing on its own can improve your lung health. It helps you to use more of your lung capacity, which strengthens the lungs and helps you breathe more effectively. You can download apps like Calm that will help you practice deeper breathing, but really all you need to do is inhale slowly through your nose so that your belly expands fully and then breathe out even more slowly, ideally out of your mouth.
Do some exercise.
Staying active is great for your lungs, heart, and mind. To get the benefits of exercise, you should take part in a moderate-intensity activity for at least 20 minutes at least four times a week, but if you would like to exercise more often, go for it! Aerobic activity, such as running or cycling, is especially beneficial because that is what will really get the lungs working.
Improve your posture.
Your lungs are soft and malleable, which means they are only able to inhabit the space that you make available to them. If your posture is poor, hunched over, and curled in, there will not be a lot of room for your lungs, and you will not be able to use them to your full capacity. However, if you sit up straight – and even hold your hands above your head once in a while – you will make ample room for them and be able to breathe with the fullness of your lung capacity.
Take good care of your lungs!