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.
If you have a chronic (long-term, ongoing) respiratory condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, the arrival of winter can herald an increase in symptoms, more trips to the doctor and a reduction in your quality of life. In the cold weather, people with respiratory diseases can experience shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and coughing.
Chronic respiratory diseases are diseases that affect the airways and structures of the lung. Chronic means a condition that is an ongoing and long-term, as opposed to acute conditions which often come on suddenly and can be severe. Chronic conditions sometimes begin in childhood and can take decades to become fully established. This means there are multiple opportunities to try and prevent them.
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.