New Year's Resolutions To Improve Lung Health

5 New Year's Resolutions To Improve Lung Health

Happy New Year! As we ring in the new year, many of us make resolutions to improve our health and well-being. If you’re looking to make a resolution to improve your lung health, there are a number of steps you can take. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Quit smoking

If you’re a smoker, quitting is the single most important thing you can do to improve your lung health. Smoking damages your lungs and is the leading cause of preventable death and disease, including lung cancer, COPD, and asthma. If you’re ready to quit, there are many resources available to help you succeed, including nicotine replacement therapy, prescription medications, and support groups. The iMaster Health Online Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program offers educational materials on smoking cessation if you are ready to quit. 

2. Exercise regularly

Exercise is important for maintaining overall health, including lung health. Regular physical activity can help improve your breathing and lung function, and can also reduce your risk of developing lung conditions such as COPD. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling, or swimming, at least five days per week. If you don’t have access to equipment or want to stay home, there are many online exercise videos you can follow. Breaking up your exercise throughout the day is proven to be effective. Going for a walk after every meal or completing a 10-minute interval cardio workout 3 times a day can help you stay active. Receive comprehensive exercise training tailored to your fitness level and respiratory condition on the iMaster Health Online Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. 

3. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help support your lung health by providing the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Aim for a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in processed and sugary foods. Some studies have also suggested that certain nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, may help support lung health.

4. Protect your lungs from pollution

Pollution, both outdoor and indoor, can be harmful to your lung health. To reduce your exposure to pollution, try to avoid high-traffic areas when possible, keep windows closed during times of high pollution, and use an air purifier in your home.

Air purifiers with HEPA filters that have a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating of 11-13 are a good choice. The higher the number, the better. They clean more than 99% of the fine particles from your room’s air.

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5. Get vaccinated

Vaccines can help protect you from respiratory infections, such as the flu and pneumonia, which can be especially dangerous for people with lung conditions. Be sure to get your annual flu shot and talk to your doctor about other vaccines that may be appropriate for you.

By adopting these habits, you can take an active role in protecting your lung health and reducing your risk of respiratory diseases. Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

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