How to Maintain Heart and Lung Health During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Approximately 18 million people in the United States have coronary artery disease. Pair this statistic with the thought that the current pandemic of COVID-19 affects individuals with heart and lung diseases especially hard, and you have a large group of terrified individuals in our world.
If you are among the millions with heart or lung disease, you still have options that will improve your heart and lung health.
Keep reading to learn everything you can do to maintain and improve your heart and lung health.
Exercise to Build Heart and Lung Health
Exercise has gotten a bad rap among the sedentary in the United States. Many people believe they must become a marathoner to obtain adequate exercise for a healthy heart and lungs.
Truthfully, any form of movement that takes you off the couch qualifies as exercise.
The phrase "sitting is the new smoking" has some truth to it when you're considering heart and lung health.
Many people in the United States have sedentary jobs, where they sit for eight to ten hours behind a desk. They suffer from sciatic nerve pain and lower back problems. Heart disease soon follows.
You can help yourself out by exercising for thirty to sixty minutes a day. Push away from the desk or roll off the couch, and start by going for a walk.
Thankfully, spring and early summer are just beginning in the United States, and while most gyms are closed, the outdoors are not. Go for a walk in your neighborhood.
Set a goal for yourself so you actually get the exercise your heart and lungs need. Make it a time goal or a distance goal. See how far or long you can go during this COVID-19 crisis.
If you think you do not have time to exercise, consider this: how long of a commute did you have before the stay-at-home orders made you stay home? Take that commute time and use it to exercise.
Progress to Lung Exercises
Basic lung exercises that help expand your lung capacity will help maintain lung health during this crisis as well. Regardless of your current cardiovascular health, these basic lung exercises have proven to help individuals maintain lung health.
Once you've begun exercising regularly, begin to focus on stretching yourself a bit. Exercise hard enough so you break a sweat.
Foods to Build Heart and Lung Health
What you eat will greatly affect your heart and lung health just as much as how much you exercise.
Contrary to what you learned in the 90s, a low-fat diet does not necessarily solve heart problems. A diet low in trans fats, however, does.
Focus on eating little to no transfats and instead, focus on having healthy fats in your diet. Transfats block your arteries. You find them typically in fast food, deep-fried foods, and processed foods.
This is a time to take a breath and establish some new eating habits. So while you may feel like having a giant plate of super nachos before you got to bed, love your heart by saying no and instead of drinking a big glass of water and snacking on some heart-healthy nuts.
Focus on eating plenty of fruits and vegetables daily. This will help clean out your arteries and boost your nutrients so your immune system is ready to fight off an unwanted virus should it hit.
Activities to Reduce Heart and Lung Problems
Stress is closely related to heart disease. Now, more than ever, you need to manage your stress. Your mental and physical health depends on your ability to handle stress well.
First and foremost, do not spend your days watching the news or scrolling through social media. Take time every morning to meditate.
Find a quiet place where you can be alone for fifteen minutes every day. Then take a deep breath, close your eyes, and focus on just one thought.
Meditation is an endurance activity for the brain. You're forcing your brain to block out unhealthy thoughts and to focus on just one thing. So when an unhealthy thought bombards your brain outside of that meditation time, you will have the mental and emotional strength to deal with it or set it aside.
This, in turn, will lower your stress level, make life better for you and your family, and help you maintain heart health.
If you have a heart or lung condition, you are in a high-risk category for COVID-19 complications. This is frightening. But you do have options.
The CDC has recently come out with recommendations that all individuals wear cloth masks when in public. The CDC's recommendations are simple: cloth masks are somewhat effective.
A person can be infected with COVID-19 and not know it. Healthcare professionals refer to these individuals as asymptomatic because they have no symptoms but carry the virus. Asymptomatic individuals can still pass the virus unknowingly to others.
The CDC has recommended that individuals wear a mask in areas where they cannot maintain the recommended six-foot social distance so they do not unknowingly pass the virus on to others.
The microns of the virus, however, can still pass through a mask and into a person's lungs. So if you're wearing a cloth mask, you can still contract the virus.
Healthcare officials usually wear N-95 respirator masks because these seem to work best to keep them healthy. They filter out the microns of the virus.
But N-95 masks are in short supply, so much so that even healthcare workers cannot find an adequate supply.
Gas masks are your next best option to stay healthy when you do have to go out to places where you cannot maintain the recommended six feet of social distance. A military-grade gas mask will protect you.
You might think you look silly, but you keep the germs at bay and stay healthy with such a mask.
Stay Calm, Stay Healthy
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