What happens to my lungs when I exercise?
While you exercise, the rate of using oxygen and producing carbon dioxide increases. To deal with this, your breathing has to rise up from 15 times a minute (during resting), up to about 40–60 times a minute during exercise. Your circulation also speeds up to take the oxygen to the muscles so that they can keep moving.
If you have healthy lungs, you might feel ‘out of breath’ after exercise, but you will not be ‘short of breath’. On the other hand, if you have a lung disease, you may use a large part of your breathing reserve which makes you feel ‘out of breath’.
How much should I exercise?
Did you know that you should do moderate exercise for 30 minutes five days per week to stay healthy? Moderate exercise can be equal to walk at a pace of 4 to 6 km per hour. If you have a lung problem, we recommend you to walk fast enough to make you moderately breathless.
After noticing a problem with my lung health, what is the next step?
Are you experiencing symptoms that may be associated with poor lung health? Please talk to your doctor if you are experiencing prolonged periods of coughing, shortness of breath or any other problems with breathing or your respiratory tract.
During your visit to the doctor, you may be asked to take a spirometry test to help diagnose potential conditions that may be affecting your lungs. Clinical spirometry will help with disease diagnosis, however, you can use a personal spirometer at home, such as the Spirohome Personal, to track trends in your lung health daily! You can send your results directly to your doctor for the quick feedback!