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How can I tell if my lungs are healthy?

To see if your lungs are healthy, try this test: Run up two flights of stairs or walk six blocks at a brisk pace. If you can do either one without pausing to rest, your lungs are probably in pretty good shape.

Do this test every month as a way of monitoring your lung function and overall fitness level. One of the warning signs of decreased lung function is a change in your ability to complete the test -- from being able to do the stairs easily to suddenly having a lot of trouble with it.

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