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Healthy Lungs, Healthy You: 5 Ways to Protect Your Lungs


Now more than ever, lung health is front and center for many people. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do from home to keep your lungs healthy and strong.

The team behind the UM Charles Regional Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation program has put together five tutorials to help you prevent breathing issues and illnesses associated with your lungs. From simple breathing exercises to special equipment to keep your lungs in shape, these demonstrations are designed for everyone, regardless of whether or not they have a chronic lung condition such as asthma or COPD.

Deep Breathing Exercises

Chronic lung illnesses, pneumonia, or a postural issue can impact a person’s ability to take deep breaths. Fortunately, some simple breathing exercises — known as “diaphragmatic breathing” — can help ease symptoms. Here’s Exercise Physiologist Brian Loux explaining how it’s done:

The Importance of Oral Care

You might not think of having a clean and hygienic mouth as being connected to lung health, but brushing your teeth isn’t just for having a healthy smile. Find out how good oral care can help prevent a dangerous form of pneumonia in this video from Speech Language Pathologist Nisha Sharma:

Using an Incentive Spirometer

Regular exercise is often pointed to as a primary factor in overall health. Did you know you can exercise your lungs, too? Watch Vice President of Quality and Patient Experience Anne Weekley give an informational overview of how to use the incentive spirometer, a tool that promotes healthy lung function both at home and here at the hospital: 

Pursed-Lip Breathing

If you have asthma, COPD, a chronic lung disease, or are recovering from an illness such as pneumonia, there’s one breathing technique you’ll definitely want to know to combat shortness of breath. Here’s Manager of Population Health Mary Hannah explaining and demonstrating what’s known as pursed-lip breathing:

Let’s Get Moving

In the age of social distancing and staying home, it’s important to maintain a healthy level of physical activity. Exercise Physiologist Brian Loux is back to tell you how a physically active lifestyle can help you improve your physical and mental health or manage your symptoms if you have a chronic lung condition:

Want to learn more about UM Charles Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program? Visit our website or call (301) 609-4413. Click here for more information about how to monitor your health and strengthen your lungs.

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