I'm Gene Millen, your co-host on this website with my wife Bernie.
During the last 20 plus years I have worked with hundreds of people in the Vital Life Center, a health and wellness center for the "over 50 crowd."
In 1990 I had the dubious honor of having my chest sawed open to replace six clogged heart arteries. As I was recovering from the trauma of the surgery, improving lung function was high on my priority list.
Several times each day I breathed deeply into a device called a spirometer, which measured the volume of air I was able to suck into my lungs to improve my lung function. This huffing and puffing was difficult at first, but my breathing steadily improved and soon my lungs were functioning better than ever.
By age 60 the average person has lost more than 50% of their breathing capacity! And that's without having your chest sawed open.
The good news however, is that loss of lung function is preventable, and even reversible!
Reduced pulmonary function leads to loss of strength, stamina and disease-fighting power.
The smaller your lungs, the greater your chance of getting to Heaven before your appointed time.
If you are like I was for the first 59 years of my life and have let procrastination push exercise to the bottom of your list now would be a good time to move it up to the top...and read on to learn how this will only take a few minutes per day.
I've been certified as a Physical Fitness Specialist and Medical Exercise Specialist and thought I knew pretty much every thing there was to know about how exercise could improve lung function and lower risk of a heart attack.
I discovered from Dr. Al that there was more to learn.
For over 15 years, Dr. Sears has helped thousands of patients boost their lung power and reverse disease in his clinic and research center in Florida.
Our ancient ancestors never ran for mile after mile without rest or recovery. Their exercise was primarily hunting, or running from the hunter. This consisted of short bursts of exertion, followed by periods of rest.
By using short bursts of aerobic exercise, followed by periods of recovery, you recreate exactly what your body needs to increase the capacity of your lungs an heart.
The unique feature of the PACE is to progressively change your exercise routine over time. This guarantees maximum fat loss with a "bulletproof" heart and "super-sized" lung power.
Dr. Sears reveals that by boosting your heart's "reserve capacity," that you can nearly eliminate your risk of heart attack. One of Dr. Sears' insights into the human heart is the fact that it doesn't need "endurance training."
Improved lung function will also give you increased stamina, endurance, and better immunity from sickness.
When your lungs shrink, your oxygen supply plummets. This makes you sluggish and ready for naptime.
Twenty years of clinical research points to the fact that loss of lung function spells bad news for your strength, your heart, your health, and your brain!
When your lung volume drops this lack oxygen sets off a chain reaction that causes the mind to become foggy and energy to plummet.
Even the simple act of getting off the couch can leave you breathless. Your body becomes a helpless target for any number of deadly diseases.
The good doctor says, "I've seen 2-pack-a-day smokers turn the tables on decades of lung damage. I've seen frail, 85-year-olds regain their strength and come back to life."
Our body will adapt to the challenges that we provide it. If we do nothing all of our body functions will decline. If we work them properly they will improve.
To expand breathing capacity we need to exercise our heart and lungs. But slow, steady and easy exercise won't get the job done.
Our body must be challenged by exercise that consists of short bursts of higher intensity, followed by rest periods.
Contrary to what we've been told for years, this is far more effective at increasing lung function than long periods of moderate intensity exercise.
If you do nothing about it the cells in your lungs are dying off faster than you replace them. By the time you're fifty, 40% of your lung capacity will be gone! This will rob you of your energy and strength. And it makes you an easy target for chronic disease;
Your heart was designed to keep beating far into old age.
They happen during times of stress, when your heart needs more energy and pumping capacity, but doesn't have it.
By building reserve capacity...which the PACE exercise weight loss program does, quickly and easily, you create a "reserve account" your heart can draw upon during times of emergency.
If you want to improve your lung function and create a "bullet proof" heart I suggest you take a hard look at Dr. Sears Pace Exercise program. He really knows what he is talking about.For more information on the best exercise to improve lung function go to our Fitness Exercise page.
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