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Improve Your Respiratory Health and Breathe Easier

By Donna Stark

Balance issues, cognitive decline, and smaller appetites are some of the things you may already expect as you age, but did you know you should add respiratory issues to that list as well? That's right. Your future ability to breathe well may become an issue so it is vital to make an active effort now to improve your respiratory health. How do you do that? Take a look at the following recommendations from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.

Avoid Bad Habits

The most serious habit that will affect your respiratory system is smoking. If you do smoke, try to take the necessary steps to quit. If you need help doing so, ask your primary care doctor for guidance. It's also important to avoid your exposure to second-hand smoke as much as possible, so keep that in mind when around others.

Maintain Clean Air

With a little effort and some help from technology, you can keep the air in your home cleaner and healthier. Don't allow dust to build up, vacuum or sweep your floors weekly, clean your blinds regularly, and get rid of dust traps (stuffed animals on your children's beds, extra pillows laying around unused). Close your windows and doors on breezy days or when the pollen count is high and consider investing in, and strategically placing, air purifiers around your home too!

In addition to maintaining clean air in the home, make sure you are avoiding bad air days outside as well! Stay indoors when the pollen count is high or air quality is poor. And if you do have to venture outdoors, wear a mask.

Exercise Daily

Incorporating at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise into your daily routine can help strengthen your heart and lungs. But before you start with any new workouts, make sure you take your physical abilities and limitations into consideration. If you are unsure of how to begin or what exercises to choose, ask your primary care doctor or local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

Practice Good Posture

Did you know that poor posture can have a significant effect on how well you breathe? Sitting in a slumped position reduces the space your lungs need and restricts their ability to function properly. Your local chiropractor can help with this too, as the adjustments they provide correct alignment issues and encourage better posture. You can also invest in ergonomic equipment to use for work.

Breathe Easy

Just like every other part of your health, being able to breathe well requires some work, but you won't ever regret putting in the effort. By following the simple suggestions above you can look forward to deeper and healthier breaths for years to come!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Georgetown, Tex.

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