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entry Apr 25 2008, 01:57 PM
It may seem obvious, but aerobic (with air) exercises are the best to develop healthy lungs. These types of exercise get your heart rate and breathing up to a high level and maintain that level for at least 20 minutes, 3-5 times a week. The exercise has to slowly increase in intensity as your fitness improves and it no longer taxes your breathing enough. Jogging, walking, swimming, fast dancing, rowing, stationary bikes and elliptical trainers are probably the best for aerobic exercise.

entry Apr 20 2008, 04:08 AM
Avoiding Lung Damage: Obviously, avoiding damage is on the short list of how to develop healthy lungs. Unfortunately, if you're like me, when you're young, you don't think much about that stuff. I smoked for almost 20 years, but that isn't the only thing that damages your lungs. Smoking pot, huffing and snorting drugs can do as much damage. Don't ask me how I know.
Some careers, like welding, steel work, painting, coal work, hair dressing, plating, etc. can damage your lungs. Take the precautions seriously. If a job you're doing calls for a mask or breathing apparatus, use the best one you can get for the job. Even exercise isn't enough to recover from some lung damage.

entry Apr 11 2008, 01:12 PM
As an ex-smoker, I can tell you none of us realizes the importance of breath until we're short of it. We can go 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, but only about 4 minutes without air. It's pretty clear we need to do all we can to develop healthy lungs, to avoid lung damage, exercise, diet, and commit to therapy to regain healthy lungs, once they have been damaged. The next few entries can help you do all of it.

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