Do you wish to improve your respiratory health? With the current pandemic, the COVID 19, this should be everyone’s goal if we are going to overcome the invisible enemy.
Ongoing research shows that when the virus gets in your body, it comes into contact with the mucous membranes that line the nose, mouth, and eyes. The virus enters a healthy cell and uses the cell to make new virus parts and multiplies. It travels down the airways. The lining can become irritated and inflamed. In some cases, the infection can reach all the way down to the lungs and into the alveoli. The lungs swell and become inflamed. This can start in one part of the lung and spread.
Who is at risk?
Having this in mind, we all ought to learn different ways of improving our respiratory health.
The respiratory system is made up of all the organs involved in breathing including the lungs and the heart.
When you are physically active, your heart and lungs work harder to supply the additional oxygen your muscles demand. Just like regular exercise makes your muscles stronger, it also makes your lungs and heart stronger.
Deep breathing exercises also strengthen the muscles of the chest, including the diaphragm and muscles between the ribs that work together to power chest movements.
Deep breathing exercises.
1. Diaphragmatic breathing/belly breathing.
This exercise engages the diaphragm.
Pursed-lips breathing can slow down your breathing, reducing the work of breathing by keeping your airways open longer.
Here’s how to practice the huff cough:
If breathlessness or shortness of breath arise while exercising, interval training may be a better alternative to steady exercise.
Interval training involves alternating between short periods of more strenuous and less strenuous exercise. Interval training gives the lungs time to recover before challenging them again.
NB: Any type of physical activity counts as exercise. It could be planned sport such as running, swimming, cycling, tennis or bowls, brisk walking or even an exercise training program and aerobic activities.
Muscle-strengthening activities like weight-lifting build core strength, improving your posture, and toning your breathing muscles.
More Ways to improve your respiratory health.
NB: – Your physiotherapist is well versed in training you on how to perform breathing exercise to improve and maintain a healthy respiratory system.
Together we shall overcome!!