Take Control of Your Respiratory Health

January 31, 2022

Cardiovascular, muscular strength, and flexibility are all important.  Let’s take a moment to talk about your respiratory health, which is just as important.



As our communities continue to fight against this pandemic, we want to remind you of one thing: you are still in control of your health. Fitness is all about improving our cardiovascular, muscular, strength, endurance, and mobility health. Today, we want to remind you that protecting our often-overlooked lung health is even more critical. The steps you make today can keep you healthy in the face of this pandemic, and it is more about washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying home.



We have gotten a rude awakening from worsening climate change to the COVID-19 pandemic that breathing should not be neglected or taken for granted and that protecting one’s lung health is of critical importance. From birth, the lungs continue to develop until you’re about age 25. Many chronic lung diseases may begin much earlier. Childhood exposures may reduce peak lung function, making adults more susceptible to further injury. We can protect your respiratory health is to reduce the risk of respiratory infections.



There is a good deal of simple lifestyle changes that can positively affect the health of your respiratory system. Not only will these changes be beneficial to your lungs, but they will also have a good impact on your overall health.



It is no secret that countless health benefits come from eating healthy, and improving your respiratory system is one of them. Some evidence shows that the Mediterranean diet or a diet low in saturated fats and high in fruits and vegetables can protect lung health. Here are some foods that are extra beneficial for your lungs: Vegetables such as kale, cauliflower, and broccoli. Sardines are rich in omega-3 fat and apples, especially the Red Delicious kind, and antioxidants. Finally, let’s not forget Peppers. Peppers are one of the richest sources of vitamin C.



With some Greenery, not only will you beautify your home or work environment but purify as well. In addition, adding greenery can be beneficial for your lungs. Here is a suggestion of such a plant to aid your respiratory system: Snake Plant. The Snake plant has known to purify the air and its nighttime oxygen production abilities.



We all recognize the positive effects that working out has on your heart, and because of that, your heart can pump blood to your lungs more efficiently. As a result, your lungs absorb more oxygen, leading to an overall lung function improvement. Also, studies suggest fitness levels in young adulthood are associated with preserved lung health into older age. You do not need a gym membership to enjoy the benefits of a good workout. You can walk the neighborhood or neighborhood park at a brisk pace because even a simple activity like walking can strengthen your lungs. Therefore, make time for exercise. The goal is to exercise 4-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes at a time.



Adopting some of the above tips to your lifestyle can significantly impact your overall health, especially your respiratory system.



Here’s to Lung Health! Breathe Well!

The Author

Shera Strange, Certified Personal Trainer

About Shera . . . With over 17 years of experience as a personal trainer and 10 years as a group fitness instructor, I help men and women improve their quality of life by becoming physically and emotionally fit with exercise and motivation. As a certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor of various formats, I am motivated to lead, educated, inform, in ways to improve your well-being and encourage a change in a healthier lifestyle. What I am most passionate about and my goal is to establish relationships with the community with a no-excuses format for physical activity that will result in better health outcomes and promote lasting positive change. My purpose is to motivate others to improve their quality of life and live every day to the fullest.

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