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!
A gentle stroll with your dog is great exercise!
- 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.
If you’re reading this article you may, like many, be using a computer at a desk or similar. Even though it may not be as important for casual surfers, the correct posture for when sitting and standing can have a drastic impact on your long term health. Correct posture can help to ward off joint degeneration and help with your breathing patterns. Correct posture and standing up straight isn’t something we should practice as a young child during school registry – It should be a part of our everyday lives.
Having bad posture can create lower back problems!
Take a look at some of the Health Hideout’s top tips for the perfect posture:
- Don’t be static – If you work in a desk style environment, it’s important to change things up a bit during your shift in front of the computer screen. Standing up every 20 minutes will do wonders for your circulation, whilst arm stretches and neck rolls will help to loosen everything up. Take in a big deep breath whilst you do so and you’ll feel energized to continue!
- Careful when carrying – If you move items at work that are of a heavy load, follow all appropriate health and safety guidelines. Consult your supervisor if you’re unsure with specifics. Just because you can move something, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. If you carry a backpack or similar to work each day, use both straps – alternate arms with single strap bags.
- Reduce heel usage – They are popular with the fashion gurus amongst us, but heels can accentuate the natural curve of your spine long term. Try to wear them less during the working week and you’ll notice a difference in no time.
- Adjust the car seats – Prevent yourself from slouching whilst traveling long distances, by having the seat adjusted to an upright position. It may seem uncomfortable at first, but you’ll soon get used to it. Your back and spine will thank you for it!
- Keep yourself in check – During your everyday pottering around at work or at home, try to monitor your posture in a mirror or reflection. You’ll soon notice if your slouching, so try to eliminate your poor posture habits one step at a time.
Posture is something that many of us develop over time without even thinking, so it can be difficult to change your ways overnight. Try to cut out the slouching as this builds pressure on the bottom of your spine. There is danger of being “over straight” too, so don’t over compensate. Once you eliminate your bad habits, your posture will be of royal standards in no time!