Your lungs are rock stars. All day and all night, they get the credit for every single breath you take. Without them, life would look very different. Your lungs do more work than you know. A person usually breathes an average of 13 pints of air every single minute.
Each of your lungs contains about 300 million balloon-like structures called alveoli, that work to replace the carbon-dioxide waste in your blood with oxygen. When these structures are filled with air, the lungs become the only organs in the human body that can float on water. It’s important that you take good care of them.
Here are 3 tips to boost your lung health:
Exercise is a great way to train your lungs, just like any other part of your body. When you are physically active, your heart and lungs work harder to supply the additional oxygen your muscles demand. When you exercise on a regular basis, it will strengthen the function of your lungs and the rest of your organs and muscles.
You don’t need to become a gym rat, but make sure you get at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity to keep your lungs healthy. Even simple things like meeting up with a friend for a socially distant walk around the neighborhood can be a great way to take care of yourself.
2. Watch Your Posture
Most of us who sit at a computer or desk for prolonged periods, are accustomed to being warned about our posture.
Many people tend to round their shoulders and keep a forward head posture, which causes the muscles around the chest to tighten. That tightening limits the ability of the rib cage to expand and causes people to take more rapid, shallow breathes. Sitting (even with great posture) for a long time also prevents your lungs from inflating entirely, as the forces of gravity pulls your neck and shoulders downward. This has been especially tricky while working from make shift home offices during lockdown.
Remember to sit upright, with your shoulders relaxed, and your feet flat on the floor for better lung health. Take breaks to move (see #1) and maybe finally get yourself an ergonomic desk and chair.
3. Avoid Exposure to Pollutants with Ecomask
The ultimate way to keep your lungs in top shape is to wear a protective face mask that prevents the inhalation of toxic smog, second hand smoke, allergens pollutants, and airborne illnesses.
Whether you need protection from COVID-19, toxic air, itchy pollen, or simply want to be at your very best, our face masks will empower you to breathe clean and healthy air. Ecomask offers outstanding performance and comfort to combat harmful particles in the air.