With summer fast approaching some of us may be working on our beach ready bodies before hitting the sandy coastlines. In order to look our best, we must of course exercise and we all know that exercise requires effort. Some cardiovascular activities leave many of us breathless before we’ve even started. So how can you prevent that “getting gased” feeling – Here are some the Healthy Hideouts top ways to help improve lung power!
- It’s a mental game – It may seem a little odd at first, but research carried out by Harvard demonstrated that having an optimistic mindset helped improve lung function. 670 men aged 63 were followed for eight years with the optimists having greater lung performance than the pessimists.
- An apple a day – A study carried out by Nottingham university found that people who ate at least 5 apples a week had better lung function and suffered from less “wheeziness” compared to those who didn’t. If you’re not a fan of eating apples the classic way, why not try dicing them into salads or desserts.
- Dental health is important – Research showed that people with gum disease who found to be 1 1/2 times more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease that affects people aged 65 plus. Combine this with the fact that you’re 70% more likely to suffer from heart problems and you soon realise that brushing your teeth is more than just a routine “chore.”
- Take the stairs – Although the lift is almost always tempting, exercise that makes your heart work such as taking the stairs forces your lungs to work hard. Studies have shown that 15 minutes of walking 3 to 4 times a day helped improve breathing for people with emphysema.
- Tomatoes please! – Research by Nottingham University has shown that people who ate tomatoes at least three times a week were found to have improved lung function and less wheeziness. Incorporate tomatoes into your meals by adding fresh tomatoes or passatas to sauces.