Keep your lungs strong and healthy
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of lung cancer symptoms, treatment, and support available.
The rates of developing lung cancer rise as you get older, as it’s most often diagnosed in people aged 70 to 74. Keeping your lungs healthy and strong through exercise, diet and lifestyle will help you feel good, be more confident and protect yourself.
Here’s our top tips for keeping your lungs working at their best…
There are all sorts of exercises that can help you keep your lungs healthy and pumping oxygen into your body, as well as strengthening your muscles and making you warmer.
Even walking around the house after sitting down for a while or doing some normal household chores are good for you, as they break up inactivity.
If you have a long-term lung problem it can sometimes feel like exercise is making things worse, but the truth is that whether or not you have a lung condition you will benefit from exercise.
You could start by exercising gently and doing arm and leg movements when you sit down. After that, get in the habit of walking a little more around the house, around your street, or to the local shop. You will soon find that you will be less breathless, feel stronger, and will be more confident when doing other exercises and activities.
The most important thing to remember is to exercise safely and speak to your doctor before you take up an exercise, especially if you are at risk of a fall or have a medical condition.
Stay Healthy Over Winter
Over the winter season there’s more risk of catching a cold or flu, which could make you cough and wheeze, and even develop bronchitis or pneumonia. However, you can take precautions to keep your lungs healthy over winter.
Regularly wash your hands and carry a hand sanitising gel to minimise the risk of catching an infection from someone else.
If you are over 65, or have a particular medical condition, ask your GP service about the free flu vaccine and pneumococcal shot.
Keep any lung conditions under control over the cold season, especially asthma or COPD. Make sure you stock up on your inhalers and medications that will help keep your lungs healthy.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as lots of fibre and whole grains to help get essential vitamins and nutrients, and keep your body healthy, and reduce your risk of lung cancer.
Did you know that the number of toxins you inhale from smoking mean that smoking is thought to be the main cause of about 90% of all cases of lung cancer?
If you smoke, quitting is by far the best thing you can do for your lungs, no matter how long you’ve been smoking for. After ten years of not smoking you’ll decrease your risk of developing lung cancer by half. You’ll also lessen your risk of other serious diseases, save money, protect your loved ones against second hand smoke and improve your sense of smell and taste!
Thankfully there are lots of services out there that can help you quit smoking and make your lungs healthier. You can register for a ‘quit kit’, be inspired by success stories, find information on medicines available and get support on the NHS Smokefree website.
You should also talk to your GP or a pharmacist to get help and recommendations on what you can do on your journey towards a smoke free future.
What exercise do you do to stay healthy?
All content on Silversurfers.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated at all as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Silversurfers will not be responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content on www.silversurfers.com and we are also not liable for the content of any external websites or links from or to Silversurfers to any other websites. Please always consult your own doctor if you’re in any way concerned about any aspect of your health.
Silversurfer's Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Assistant Editor (see all)
- 8 tips for serving fizz, wines and cocktails this festive season - December 10, 2017
- Which retro party foods have you served? - December 8, 2017
- Festive Blueberry and Bergamot Popcorn with salted caramel - December 8, 2017
- Silversurfers Everyday Christmas Playlist - December 7, 2017
- The best of Donny & Marie Osmond - December 6, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!