Exercise Those Lungs... Together!

In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, you can enjoy time with your child while exercising your lungs — leading to stronger lung health, a healthier heart, a better mood, and an effective way to relieve stress.

Breath can be a useful tool in releasing negative energy during times of stress. Decrease stress by using your breath offers additional tips on the types and benefits of conscious breathing.

Here are ways to work out your lungs together:

Counting breaths is a great way to expand lung capacity. Start by counting how long a natural breath takes. If it takes to the count of five to inhale, it should take to the count of five to exhale. Challenge each other to increase the count, but make sure the breaths in and out are of equal length.
Laughing often is a wonderful way to work the abdominal muscles and increase lung capacity by forcing stale air out and fresh air in. Go for that belly laugh!
Choosing an activity that aims for at least 20 minutes of consistent, moderately intense movement, like a brisk walk or other aerobic activity.

Talk to your child about the importance of lung health throughout life. Just as the lungs need exercise, they also need protection from chemicals and toxins found in traditional cigarette and vaping products. Here are more tips on healthy living to share with your child.

It’s not one 60-minute conversation.
It’s 60 one-minute conversations.

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