Canadian Lung Association Blog

Tips for Healthy Breathing

Our lungs allow us to live and breathe. Each day we breathe about 22,000 times. We often do not think about our lungs until something takes our breath away. That’s why it is important to make lung health a priority.

Be smoke-free.

Did you know that quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health?  Cigarette smoking is the major cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  If you smoke, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting.  Talking with a health care provider about quitting, along with taking medication to help you quit will give you the most success.

Breathe clean.

Smoke, second-hand smoke, air pollution, and chemicals in the home and workplace all can cause or worsen lung disease. Any type of smoke is harmful to your health.  Make your home and car smoke-free.

Test. Reduce. Breathe Easy.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.  If you smoke and have high radon levels in your home you are at increased risk for developing lung cancer.  Find out how much radon is in your home and how you can reduce your risk.

Prevent Infection

A cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become very serious. There are several things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based cleaners are a good substitute if you cannot wash.
  • Avoid crowds during the cold and flu season.
  • Get vaccinated every year against influenza. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if the pneumoniavaccine is right for you.
  • If you get sick, keep it to yourself! Protect the people around you, including your loved ones, by keeping your distance. Stay home from work or school until you’re feeling better.

 Keep fit!

Exercise is important for everyone –  especially if you have lung disease.  Having asthma does not mean you can’t exercise. Exercise is actually recommended if your asthma is controlled. In fact, many successful professional athletes have asthma.

 

If you have COPD, you’ll feel much better if you stay active. When you’re fit, your lungs become more efficient and can supply enough energy to your lungs and body for all your daily activities. A great way to learn how to exercise is to join a pulmonary rehabilitation program.

Exercise helps:

  • Strengthen your breathing muscles
  • Boost your immune system
  • Keep a healthy body weight
  • Have more energy

Do you have questions about your lung health? We have lung health professionals on staff that can help you. Call us at 1-888-566-5864

Healthy Breathing Tips

 

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