Basic exercises to strengthen your lungs.
June 13, 2020
Have you noticed that when you work hard you are also panting? Any type of physical exertion makes your chest heave for breath. Have you wondered why?
The reason is simple. Our body needs oxygen to burn glucose to produce the energy needed for any activity. The greater the exertion, the greater the need for oxygen and your chest muscles and diaphragm work extra time to inhale more oxygen and exhale more carbon dioxide while your heart pumps harder to reach oxygen rich blood to the muscles. Over time as your fitness improves, working out becomes easier and your breathing will not be as labored as when you started exercising. That is because any exercise or physical activity also gives your heart and lungs a work out making them stronger and more efficient.
Weight training is a common type of strength training for developing the and size of. It utilizes theforce of gravity in the form of weighted bars,dumbbells or weight stacks in order to oppose the force generated by muscle through concentric or eccentric contraction. Weight training uses a variety of specializedequipment to target specific muscle groups and types of movement.
Aerobic benefit for lungs
Aerobic activities like walking, running or jumping rope give your heart and lungs the kind of workout they need to function efficiently
You are only as healthy as your lungs
Your efficiency and health depends on the capacity of your lungs. When you lungs are working fine as in your youth, you can dance through any amount of physical exertion. As you age, various factors contribute towards limiting lung capacity, but with a little help you can maintain your lungs at or near peak capacity.
Lung exercises for better health
There are specific ways to improve your lung capacity and strength. These simple exercises will promote lung health and optimize their capacity.
- Relax your shoulders and sit back or lie down.
- Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest.
- Inhale through your nose for two seconds, feeling the air move into your abdomen and feeling your stomach move out. Your stomach should move more than your chest does.
- Breathe out for two seconds through pursed lips while pressing on your abdomen.
- Place your hand on your belly and chest
- Breathe in by moving out your stomach
- Your stomach should move out more than your chest
- Slowly breathe out through mouth
Yoga for healthier lungs
Yoga offers many benefits for your lungs. Various asanas strengthen chest muscles, increase lung capacity and boost oxygen intake. They promote abdominal and chest breathing while strengthening muscles and improving posture.
Getting enough water is as important for the lungs as it is for the rest of the body. Staying well hydrated by taking in fluids throughout the day helps keep the mucosal linings in the lungs thin, This thinner lining helps the lungs function better.
Try these simple exercises, learn yoga from a trained instructor and stop smoking. Improve your lung health and strength to breeze through life with a smile on your lips.