People are always fascinated by outer beauty, but it is true that what matters most is the inner beauty. Same is the case with our health. Keeping our body clean on the inside is the most important thing we can do to stay healthy. Our respiratory system works constantly. It serves as a route for oxygen to enter our body. Unfortunately, it can also be an entry point for pollutants, dust, irritants, and other toxins. This may have adverse effects on our lungs and cause diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD).
Today, we are in an environment where air pollution has almost reached the peak levels due to traffic, industries, and so forth. The air we breathe comprises a large number of toxic materials and gases, causing serious damage to our lungs. Smoking also adversely impacts the lungs. We urgently need to focus on the well-being of our lungs because they are one of the most important organs of our body and perhaps one of the most active organs, too. Our lungs perform the task of delivering oxygen to every part of our body. In fact a couple of routine exercises can help in better absorption of oxygen by the lungs.
The following exercises can be practiced to increase our lung capacity:
1) Aerobics makes large muscle groups move at a rhythmic speed. This strengthens our lungs, thereby enhancing our breathing.
2) Anulom-Vilom cleanses and strengthens our entire respiratory system.
3) Lung strengthening exercises strengthen the muscles that aid in breathing, thereby improving the functioning of lungs.
4) Cardio exercise manifolds our lung capacity. It is only possible if our body performs at least 30 minutes of workout for the lungs to work harder.
5) Water-based exercise: Water workouts make our body work harderbecause water is known as a source of resistance. This helps in strengthening our lungs.
6) Pushing out
7) Rib stretch
8) Abdominal breathing
9) Numbered breathing
10) Humming breath exercise
When stale air builds up in our lungs, it leaves very less space for the diaphragm to bring in fresh oxygen. In such a case, our body exerts pressure on the neck, back, and chest muscles for breathing, causing lower oxygen levels in our body. If the above mentioned exercises are practiced judiciously, they can help our lungs to get rid of the accumulated stale air, increase the oxygen level, and facilitate the diaphragm to work at full capacity. These exercises also help to maintain a healthy weight, improve sleep, enhance mental health, and strengthen bones. Certain precautions need to be taken while exercising, especially if a person is suffering from a particular lung disorder.
These precautions are as follows:
Always consult a doctor before starting the exercise routine.
Balance exercise with adequate amount of rest.
Always warm up the muscles before exercising.
Improve stamina and flexibility with stretching exercises.
Wait for at least one and a half hour after eating to start your regime.
Avoid too hot or cold showers after exercising.
If we take a long break, it is always better to start slowly and gradually return to the original routine.
We can survive without food and water for days but not even a minute without air. Lungs provide energy and keep us alive. They are the powerhouse of our body. Hence, they are precious and need to be protected. We should implement all measures to always keep them healthy and working because when we have healthy lungs, breathing is natural and easy.