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Walking Is A Great Exercise for Hyperexpanded Lungs

Hyperexpanded lungs, which occur when air sacs break down and become enlarged, are commonly associated with diseases such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and can make breathing difficult. The good news is that doing some sort of cardiovascular exercise a few times a week can reduce the effects of hyperexpanded lungs.

Walking is a healthy, low-impact way to improve lung function. However, those suffering with hyperexpanded lungs should take things slowly at first and set modest goals. For example, start by walking for five minutes, or try making it to the end of the block and back.

The Cleveland Clinic recommends people count their steps when inhaling, and then exhale for twice as many steps. So, if you are inhaling for steps one, two or three, exhale for the next six steps. It’s a good idea to practice this formula whenever you are a walking, so it becomes a habit.

Once you begin walking regularly, increase the distance each time. But be smart — if breathing becomes difficult, stop and rest.

Read the whole story to learn about other cardiovascular and breathing exercises.