Immune yourself from Covid Pandemic

As we all are aware of this disastrous Coronavirus pandemic which is spreading like it is never going to come to an end, instead we are facing wave after wave of this deadly virus, taking lives of thousands of people, sparing no one, be it be a celebrity, a bodybuilder, old and young.

We are left with nothing but to strength ourselves internally and immune our body from this lethal virus before it takes over us and leaves us breathless.

The most common cause of death in COVID19 patients is Viral pneumonia leading to ARDS (Acute respiratory distress syndrome) and acute respiratory failure. ARDS is a type of respiratory failure characterized by abrupt appearance of signs and symptoms of widespread inflammation in the lungs.

So, the most important thing we need to strongly look into and take care is to increase our Lung capacity in order to improve our lung health and breathe life into our lungs.

Here are few ways with the help of which we can improve our Lung Health and also boost our immune:

EXERCISES to increase our lung capacity:

Before jumping to the exercises, one important point worth taking into consideration is that there are few factors that cause the lungs to work less efficiently which are age, pollution, smoking, various health problems like COPD and asthma.

Now, coming to the exercises as below:

Pursed Lip Breathing

This is a type of breathing that helps to keep the airways open for longer, facilitating the flow of air into and out of the lungs. This is very effective type of breathing which helps control Shortness of Breath, and provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective.

How to do:

  • Sit up straight — A good posture can help promote lung movement.
  • Breathe in deeply through the nose in a slow, controlled fashion.
  • Purse the lips (Rounding of the lips)— they should be almost touching, as when making a “whistling” face.
  • Breathe out through pursed lips — ideally, the exhalation should be twice as long as the inhalation was.

One should practice belly breathing for about 5-10 mins daily.

Below is a video showing how to do it perfectly:

Belly Breathing

This is a type of breathing that helps to improve the rate at which the lungs expand and contract, which is very important for maintaining a good balance in functionality of lungs.

It mainly focuses on strengthening the diaphragm muscle, which allows a person to take a deep breath. One should practice belly breathing for about 5-10 mins daily.

How to do:

  • Rest one of your hand on your stomach and one on your chest.
  • Breathe in slowly through the nose, and note how far the stomach stretch’s out.
  • Breathe out through the mouth.
  • Breathe in through the nose, this time trying to get the stomach to stretch bit higher than it did with the previous breath.
  • Exhale, and try to make each exhalation two or three times as long as each inhalation.
  • Periodically, roll the shoulders forward and backward and move the head from side to side to ensure that the exercise is not contributing to tension in the upper body.

Below is a video showing how to do it perfectly:

Also, besides these exercises there are also other ways to improve and preserve lung health, such as:

  • Refraining yourself from smoking.
  • Drinking plenty of water.
  • Staying physically active.
  • Avoid exposure to both indoor as well as outdoor pollutants which can damage your lungs.
  • Have food rich in antioxidants.

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