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Exercise has been shown to help people in a variety of ways. For instance, exercise can increase blood flow and may help fight insulin resistance. Certain forms of exercise may help improve your mood, and exercise may make it easier for you to get to sleep at night. However, there are also exercises that may help patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases to build better lungs.

Two exercises that may help you build better lungs

There are many exercises that may positively affect lung health in patients with chronic lung diseases. However, there are two exercises that stand out.

One exercise that may help improve your lungs if you have a chronic lung condition is deep breathing. Finding ways to strengthen muscles that support the lungs is vital for lung disease patients, and deep breathing does just that. It also helps stretch tight chest muscles, and this is one reason deep breathing may help you increase lung capacity as well. This form of exercise has also been shown to help people relax and improve their mood, and it’s very easy to incorporate deep breathing into your daily routine.

Walking is a second type of exercise that may help you build better lungs. This form of exercise is known for increasing blood flow and strengthening the leg muscles, but it can also benefit chronic lung disease patients. In fact, walking may help strengthen lung-supporting muscles in the stomach, shoulders, back and chest if you maintain the proper form.

However, walking with poor form may cause your rib cage to compress your lungs and reduce your ability to breathe. To avoid this, try to walk with your head up and shoulders back with a heel-to-toe stride. This posture will help reduce rib cage compression and help you use walking to build your lungs.

The Lung Health Institute can help you find other ways to build better lungs

Our health care team at the Lung Health Institute wants to help you find ways to improve your lungs if you have a chronic lung disease. For instance, we offer a chronic lung disease treatment called cellular therapy. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with other helpful cells, may promote healing in your damaged tissue and reduce inflammation in your lungs.

We also offer three Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans that contain lifestyle tips and other tools, and the information and tools these plans provide may help boost your immune system and train your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.

If you’re interested in these services from the Lung Health Institute, there’s only one step you need to take to make use of them. Contact one of our patient coordinators for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.

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