Better Breathing Blog

Why Lung Training Can Support Inhale & Exhale Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

For many elite athletes, improving the respiratory system through lung training has become an important part of training for their specific sport. Additionally, those with a variety of chronic lung diseases (like asthma or COPD) understand the importance of respiratory strength, and may look for ways to increase their lung function. Studies have consistently proven that respiratory muscle training (RMT) has a resounding effect on breathing. For athletes in all different sports, comfort level is raised, endurance is increased, and breathing patterns are improved.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, PowerLung

PowerLung Training Programs-Better Breathing is in Your Hands

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Sep 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Perhaps you have recently discovered that better breathing can improve your health, and that respiratory muscle training can increase your athletic ability. Or, you have been advised that a respiratory muscle training device can increase your respiratory capabilities while suffering from asthma, Parkinson's, COPD, or the cycle of inactivity, all which lead to breathlessness. After searching through the variety of devices available on the market, you have chosen PowerLung. This respiratory muscle training device expands your respiratory capability (and your health), so you want to utilize it effectively. PowerLung wants you to find success with your device, and have designed training programs to help you maximize your use through the stages you will experience while increasing respiratory muscle strength with the PowerLung.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, PowerLung, Coaches

Why Choose the PowerLung Respiratory Breathing Training Device

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Sep 7, 2017 9:29:00 AM

Lack of respiratory muscle strength is the primary reason your respiratory system is unable to meet your body's needs during physical exertion. Additionally, some medical conditions exacerbate respiratory muscle weakness, causing sleep disturbances and dyspnea. However, the respiratory trainer market does have several options, and it may be difficult to distinguish the differences between various products available. When choosing a respiratory muscle training device, look to PowerLung, a device designed to train all muscles involved in breathing, easy to use and with a host of additional benefits.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung

Learn What Muscles You Need to Train for Better Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

It is commonly understood that using Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT), a series of exercises and breathing techniques to increase strength and endurance of respiratory muscles, will improve breathing (and subsequently, respiration) during periods of exercise. However, understanding the science behind RMT is important to better utilize the techniques to benefit respiration and endurance.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches, Health and Fitness, Track and Field, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey, Crossfit, Competitive Swimming, Yoga, Diving

How the Respiratory System Affects Metabolism

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Metabolism is defined as all chemical reactions happening in the body, maintaining the living state of all cells and the body itself, and is broken down into two categories:

  • Catabolism: breakdown of molecules to obtain energy;
  • Anabolism: the synthesis of all compounds needed by cells.
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Topics: Active Aging, Health and Fitness, Yoga

Best Practices for Muscle Recovery After Training

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You are working hard, maintaining a tough training schedule and feeling good about it, but the soreness is starting to affect you. Your first thought may be to simply back off what you are doing, or quit altogether, but that’s not the answer. There are ways to minimize soreness and improve recovery so you can maintain your training regimen.

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Topics: Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Track and Field, Scuba Diving, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Rowing, Hockey, Crossfit, Competitive Swimming, Yoga, Diving

Essential Tips for New Runners

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

There has been an increased interest in running in the past few years, with new athletes of all shapes and sizes taking to the road. And why not? Running is a wonderful way to get outside, exercise, meet new people, and enjoy the great outdoors (not to mention some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets). No matter when or where you decide to take up running, here are some tips to make your experience rewarding.

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Topics: Triathletes, Running, Athletes

Respiratory Muscle Training for Musicians

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 3, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Wind instrument and vocal musicians perform respiratory exercises repetitively during practice and at an elevated level during performances. Therefore, one of the most crucial aspects of their abilities is the management of air. These types of musicians have historically spent countless hours training with their instruments (considering a vocalist’s voice as their instrument). As is true of any athlete training for their specific event (running, swimming, bicycling, etc.), musicians need to focus on improving their abilities for the event they are competing in (lungs for creating music). Wind instrumentalists generally have much greater lung function than non-instrumentalists, proving that the constant training of lungs does make a difference. Further, they tend to have a high degree of voluntary control over breathing due to the regulation of air flow and pressure to optimize their sound production abilities.

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Topics: Musicians and Vocalists

PowerLung for Musicians?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 27, 2017 5:56:55 PM

 A San Francisco Opera Symphony trumpet player first introduced PowerLung to music. When Barry Jarvis and I first put together the marketing plan for PowerLung, our focus was on sports in large part because that was our background and personal focus. Music was the farthest thing from our minds. Then, one day we received an email from a trumpet player from San Francisco Opera Symphony praising PowerLung for helping his breathing for running and trumpet.

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Respiratory Muscle Training Device for Healthcare Professionals

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 20, 2017 7:30:00 AM

For those in the healthcare profession, and especially those working with patients who may benefit from respiratory training, a respiratory training device can be a useful tool.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung, Health and Fitness