October is National Healthy Lung Month

19 Oct

It was brought to my attention that October is National Healthy Lung Month which is a great topic to research while training for my next race! Not only is it important to keep your body in shape to run, but your lungs are one of the most important aspects when it comes to running.

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When it comes to running, it’s common sense to train your mind and body for the race to come but what a lot of people don’t think about is training their lungs. It’s a fact that I have rarely thought about in the past, until I get out on the course and start to feel short of breath that is.

Here are ways to keep your lungs happy and healthy!

Use Correct Breathing Strategies 

Yes, there is a thing as breathing incorrectly… who knew, right? When running and training it’s important to breath with your mouth open to inhale and exhale enough air to fully get your lungs moving. It also helps in breathing patterns which are super important in training!

Cross Training Exercises

Running is only one exercise that uses a lot of oxygen, but as your cross train and do different exercises your lungs will work a little different each time. It’s important to give your lungs a rest from the long intense runs and try something more calming like pilates or yoga.

Stretch 

Stretching is incredibly crucial for your legs, arms, and back before and after workouts, but did you ever think how stretching can effect your lungs? By stretching the intercostal muscles that lie between the ribs, it helps your shoulders be more relaxed and aids in balancing breathing between your left and right lung!

Have you ever thought to stretch your lungs before and after exercising?

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3 Responses to “October is National Healthy Lung Month”

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy October 19, 2015 at 11:45 #

    I’m pretty good with the stretching and obviously do love my yoga, but nope, I never thought about stretching my lungs. Interesting stuff.

    I know you’re also supposed to breath out for a certain amount, breathe in for a certain amount . . . but really? I just can’t count while running.

    • run50states October 19, 2015 at 18:48 #

      It’s not something I ever thought about either but for the past week I have paid more attention to my breathing while training!

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