Better Breathing Blog

PowerLung and Crossfit Training – Carolyn’s Story

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

PowerLung has received many inquiries about using the device with Crossfit. Needless to say, I was curious for that reason alone, but I had personal reasons as well. I’d lost weight, but in the past two years I’d been working out still hadn’t built the muscle I needed to pursue Crossfit training. Frankly, I was somewhat afraid. Three areas of concern were:

  • Age
  • Current fitness ability
  • Stories about people injured when starting the training (everybody had one!)

I discussed Crossfit with people my age who used this training, read a library of books about the subject, and sought recommendations of “boxes” near me. But I did not start a regimen. Then one day, destiny gave me the needed push. A Groupon® appeared for a facility within two miles. I bought the one-month option and, within two days, I had begun my journey to better strength, flexibility and fitness.

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Topics: Crossfit

Take Me Along on Vacation

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 29, 2016 7:30:00 AM

A Trip to Remember

Congratulations! You purchased a PowerLung and have started a regular regimen for conditioning your lungs. The device has worked as we promised. Your breathing has improved. Everything you do—from simply climbing stairs to competitive rowing--is now easier.

Vacation time has (finally) arrived, and you’re packed to enjoy your favorite activities, the ones that probably inspired your dedicated training. Check your list once more. Looks as if you have forgotten your PowerLung.

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Topics: PowerLung, Cycling

How to Increase Lung Stamina in Hockey Players

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Mar 2, 2016 9:49:02 AM

If you have played hockey at any level you’ll understand the importance of stamina. The sport relies on intermittent high-intensity sprints that can be taxing on your body, particularly if you are not acclimated, so vitality is important.

Regular training is necessary if you are looking to play any sort of competitive game. With a variety of sudden movements that include twists and turns, it’s unsurprising that hockey athletes are prone to injuries. Therefore it’s important that you warm up effectively, practice proper technique, and develop stamina to prevent the likelihood of injury occurring as a by-product of fatigue.

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Topics: Hockey

Firefighters, Don’t Burn Through Your Oxygen Too Soon

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 21, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Firefighting is an incredibly dangerous profession.  We’d like to thank all firefighters for the dangers they put themselves in to protect the public.  We want to provide a way to make firefighting a little easier.

Firefighters have to perform at their maximum physical ability while in the flames, all while on an oxygen tank counting down the time they have breathable air.  This equipment weights a lot (45-75 pounds), adding physical stress to an already stressful environment.  In fact, a study looking at firefighters in the central US found smoking rates among firefighters was 13.6% and 17.4% for professional and volunteer firefighters respectively.  That is far higher than averages in other professions including military and police officers. When we perform at our maximum, our bodies need more oxygen.  For firefighters it’s all too important to increase your body’s oxygen efficiency.

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Topics: Public Safety

Cyclists, Find the Breath for the Last Stretch

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM

The body’s demand for oxygen increases during exercise, necessitating a boost in breathing volume and requiring various muscles around the lungs to contract in coordination. As the intensity of the exercise rises, these respiratory muscles have to contract with increased force and rapidity to keep up with the rise in the body’s metabolism. This vital role of the respiratory muscles has generated much interest in the relationship between respiratory muscle fitness and ‘whole-body’ exercise capacity.

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Topics: Athletes, Cycling

Living in Your Own Reality Show. Its Houston Marathon Time.

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 11, 2016 9:47:21 AM

See yourself where you want to be and then be there.
Don’t be in the past.
Be there! Act like the person you want to become.
Bob Proctor – Speaker and Author

Houston, it’s that time of year again. MARATHON TIME!  I know because I volunteer for the Start Corridor Committee, and we had our meeting this coming weekend over 20,000 people will participate in the 5K, Half Marathon and Marathon. Houston’s Marathon has three great qualities: 1. it’s flat,’s fast and 3. it’s fun.  Even with the big 3F’s for marathon running, training for this run can be difficult.

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Topics: Training, Running, Events

Just Breathe

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Sep 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Breathe in, breathe out. We all do it, everyday, all day. But, how efficiently are you breathing? Could you breathe stronger, for longer? Many people don’t realize the benefits of deeper, stronger breaths. Your respiratory muscles can even be trained to breathe deeper than you ever have before. When you are most anxious, a deep breath can make all the difference in whether you face the challenge, or shy away.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Active Aging, Health and Fitness

Rowers: Be in Sync with your Breathing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM


Not everyone competes in rowing, and not everyone who competes in rowing does so on the water. Did you know there was an International Indoor Rowing championship held last March 15 in Boston, MA? The US’ own Erin Roberts took first place in Women’s Open Light Weight and the US took second and third in Women’s heavy weight.

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Topics: Training, Athletes, Rowing

Get Up and Exercise!

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Aug 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Get_Up_and_ExerciseMany of us do not exercise enough. Whether it is because of work, the enrapturing television, or any number of other reasons we simply do not get the exercise we need to live long healthy lives. Jobs that require sitting for long periods can be damaging, and many of us don’t think about the consequences of sitting for so long without exercising between starting work and leaving. TV can be especially dangerous for us if we combine long days of sitting in front of the computer with long evenings of sitting in front of the television screen.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Active Aging, Health and Fitness

Achieving Peak Performance in Rowing

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 21, 2015 9:00:00 AM

One of the most important aspects of rowing is the strength of your breath when moving through the next stroke. You can tire before fatiguing your external muscles because the respiratory muscles have fatigued first. The body rushes to their defense; preventing a dangerous level of fatigue.

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Topics: Rowing