Lung Exercises to keep them Healthy or to Rehab

Updated on November 4, 2020

Breathing is not something we think about. It happens by itself, every second of the day, without having to put our mind to it. That is the case for most of us, as people who have had lung illnesses need to exercise them daily, in order to make them stronger. However, doctors suggest that it might be a good idea for everyone to learn how to breathe again and exercise. It could help our immune system and break down our stress and anxiety.

How to Protect Ourselves from Illnesses by Controlling the Way We Breathe

We don’t think of our lungs as a part of our body we need to exercise. In fact, we usually don’t think about them at all, unless we suddenly have problem breathing or if they hurt. The pandemic we are currently going through has made us aware of the importance of breathing. That is because many who managed to make it through the virus, remain with lung problems afterwards.

Just the thought of having to go through this illness can cause important anxiety. That is enough to completely disturb the way we breathe, which in turns destabilizes our body and makes it weaker, prone to catching the COVID-19 virus, a cold or the flu. That is why it is important for all of us to learn breathing techniques which will help us regain our normal breathing, when we go through moments of high anxiety. You can learn one of them by visiting

Breathing Exercises

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), people with lung disorders should do breathing exercises every day. This is the case for many of the patients dealing with long-term effects from the coronavirus. Hospitals around the world have created rehabilitation programs adapted to this new need, in view of the number of people requiring such activities.

When asked if everyone should exercise their lungs, especially with COVID-19 still going strong, and while we are all in danger of coming in contact with it, Dr Payel Gupta (spokesperson for the ALA) responded: It has been proven that many breathing exercises result in a variety of cardiovascular benefits, including increased blood flow and improved blood pressure. Studies have also shown that it contributes to manage our stress and improve cognitive function. Therefore, it can only be beneficial to all of us to add lung exercises to our weekly routine.

For Ongoing Problems

If someone has lung problems, they need to follow a treatment program. It might include medication, pulmonary rehabilitation as well as breathing exercises. Although people cannot regain lung function they lost to the disease, they can still maximize what they still have.

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