There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart and lungs healthy.
The main things are to do regular exercise and to stay active. Exercise is really important because it makes you heart and lungs work harder than normal, keeping them, and you, fit and strong.
There are some things that aren’t so good for your heart and lungs!
Cigarette smoke harms your body because it breaks down the structure of your lungs, and causes your airways to narrow, making breathing much more difficult.
But, there are lots of things you can do to keep healthy!
Just like any muscle, if you don’t exercise them and make them work they’ll steadily become weaker. We know that as people get older, if they don’t ‘use’ their cardiovascular system, it gets weaker, and because of this, prone to developing disease.
The harder and more frequent your heart beats, the sharper it stays.
Staying away from cigarette smoke is another good way to keep your heart and lungs healthy! Smoke from cigarettes lines your lungs with a thick layer of chemicals that reduces the ability of your lungs to inflate or deflate and to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.
Heart and lung disease is usually chronic, which means it develops slowly over a long period of time. These diseases are often associated with the common heart and lung disease symptoms which are shortness of breath and chest pain.
Lots of people don’t take as much care of their body as they should. They eat foods with too much refined sugar, salt and fat that enters the blood and damages the blood vessels from the inside. This happens all over the body, but because the heart is so important it often causes chest pain symptoms.
The heart is the only muscle that contracts about once a second from before you’re even born, to the day you die. That’s more than 2.5 trillion times in a typical person
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