Health Watch - Exercise: Healthy Lungs

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The holiday season is coming, with all its parties and feasts, so it’s a good time to think about exercise as a way to counteract all that eating. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about some of the benefits of exercise, as well as some tips on exercising at this time of year. We usually think of exercise for helping trim and tone the body, but it’s also important for maintaining health.

You know that exercise is good for your figure and your heart. Did you know that exercise is also good for your lungs? Dr. Fernando Torres, a lung expert at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says aerobic exercise helps clear your lungs of secretions while also helping the lungs stay expanded and aerated. Moderate, sweat-breaking exercise half an hour a day, five days a week can help keep your lungs – and the rest of your body – healthy.

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November 2010


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