Respiratory health is a vital component of our overall health. The human respiratory system is a series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide – basically breathing!!
The average adult breathes about 17,000 to 30,000 times a day, therefore it obvious why good respiratory health is essential in our overall health. Lung conditions are common and variable and can affect people of all ages.
It is widely known, and thoroughly researched, that exercise is highly beneficial for people living with chronic lung disease. Although lung conditions vary and present differently with each individual the role of exercise is global and positive in all cases.
Exercise can help to:
- Improve your breathing
- Clear mucus (or sputum) from your chest
- Reduce your breathlessness during daily activities
- Improve your oxygen saturations levels (Sao2)
- Reduce shortness of breath — at rest and during exertion
- Improve overall health
The frequency, type, intensity, duration and scheduling of exercise are important factors to take into account with prescription and should be implemented by an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. However, some key focus points to consider include:
- A combination of aerobic and resistance- based exercise provide the best outcomes.
- Diaphragmatic breathing and breathing control are imperative.
- Periodisation and progression of planning are mandatory.
- Work within your limits (mental, physiological and physical).
In addition to exercise, you can improve your respiratory health and lung capacity by: