When we think of a workout, we mostly tend to think about our bodies – building strength and endurance, becoming fitter and more flexible. But, our lungs can also benefit from working out and, right now, building your lung capacity could help you to become more resistant to Covid-19 or to fight the virus if you have it.
The global Covid-19 pandemic is a worrying time for all of us but particularly people living with lung conditions like asthma and COPD. If you are one of them, it is important to follow the latest government guidelines (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus) and to do whatever you can to protect yourself from becoming infected with Coronavirus. The government lists people with severe long-term lung conditions, like severe asthma, severe COPD and cystic fibrosis, as being at particularly high risk.
Asthma is a common condition affecting roughly one in every 11 people in the UK or one in five households. Of the 5.4 million people with asthma in this country, 4.3 million are adults and 1.1 million are children.
We have just passed the autumn equinox, where there the days start to rapidly shorten. This is a sure sign that winter is coming. Whilst this time of year can be a good excuse to be less active and enjoy indoor activities with friends and family, or be more active if you are into your winter sports, the colder weather can cause problems with our lungs and airways. How can you protect yourself and prevent any regular symptoms worsening?