Better Breathing Blog

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

Maximize Your Dry Training Before Taking The Plunge

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 13, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Free diving is one of the most intense and dangerous sports.  Not knowing what you are doing can be fatal.  Even trained competitors get hurt in controlled situations.  The danger that inherently comes with diving to great depths without an oxygen supply only highlights the need for proper training.

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Topics: Swimming, Scuba Diving, Diving

Respiratory Training: Do You Want An Elite Engine Under Your Hood?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 6, 2017 8:30:00 AM

As elite athletes, you are considered the best in your sport, and the public assumes you train every part of the body required for your sport. When you walk up to the starting line, put on that helmet, even step into those skis, do you have the biggest engine under your proverbial hood?  Do you know that the strength of your respiratory system can make or break your performance? A trained respiratory system is likened to having a big engine under the hood; with the ability draw in more fuel (oxygen), your output (performance) increases. It is crucial to train and strengthen it so you can perform at your best.

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Topics: Training, Triathletes, Athletes, Crossfit

Yoga and Respiratory Muscle Function Go Hand in Hand

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 29, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Yoga and respiratory muscle function go together, and it may be hard to decipher which benefits the other. Yogic breathing increases oxygen in your blood and nourishes and repairs your body’s cells, maintaining, and even improving, your health. There is much discussion surrounding “yogic breathing,” and many Yogis assert that the idea of full, deep breathing is unique to their culture. There is even a name given to the deep breathing yogis practice: Pranayama. The practice of Pranayama is the focus and control of breathing to attain a relaxed state, and is translated as “regulated breathing.” However, one cannot ignore how deep breathing is encouraged in any type of exercise, not to mention for relaxation, meditation, and anxiety relief.

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Topics: Health and Fitness, Yoga

Can Respiratory Muscle Training (RMT) Help Pulmonary Function and Performance?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When considering adding respiratory muscle training to an athlete’s training regimen, one may ask if any true benefit has been found. Although it has been proven beneficial to COPD patients, there have been mixed reports in the past regarding hyperpnea (technique for improving endurance respiratory muscle function) training. Variations in study types, methods and protocol could be factors in the mixed results. Athletes and their trainers are looking for tools which can truly improve performance, and studies specific to their gender, sport and level of competition are in demand.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Triathletes, Running, Track and Field

How Does the PowerLung Work?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 15, 2017 8:30:00 AM

When you consider ways in which you can train your body for better health, you might think of weight lifting, running, swimming, bicycling or a variety of aerobic workouts. However, have you considered training your respiratory system?

The respiratory muscles are a unique system because they are constantly working, without any real voluntary thinking. Because of this fact, many people—including premier athletes—believe that they need no formal training, nor can there be any benefit to doing so. However, the fact that athletes can perform for longer periods of time without fatigue is proof that cardiovascular training is beneficial to health.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung

Stay Active at Every Age

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 8, 2017 10:58:34 AM

Age is just a number to me. It doesn’t determine what I can do. In 1993, at age 46, I ran my first Houston Marathon after being trained for three months with my late husband and PowerLung co-inventor, Barry Jarvis. Fast forward to 2014, age 67; I started training for the 2015 Houston Marathon.

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Topics: Training, Running, Active Aging

What Can Training Do For Breathing and Lungs?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 30, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Athletes spend countless hours training for their individual spot, focusing on the dynamics, specific muscle groups, and the science behind the movement involved. However, do they consider training their lungs?

Studies have shown positive effects of respiratory muscle training (RMT) on athletes’ breathing ability and overall performance. Understanding the science behind the respiratory system can help explain why respiratory muscle training is so valuable to athletic performance potential.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Swimming, Health and Fitness, Competitive Swimming

Having Trouble Breathing? Respiratory Training Could Help

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

It is common misconception that your body just “fails” as you age. We do understand the nature of human physiology-systems don’t perform at their peak as bodies get older. However, you need not simply accept the status quo. There may be activities you can do to maximize your abilities and slow health decline; plus, improved lung function will provide you energy to add (or increase) exercise to your schedule. Exercise has shown to improve feelings of happiness and fulfillment. 

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

Train Respiratory Muscles for Peak Performance and Better Recovery

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 16, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Amid all your exercise and training plans, can you add one more thing to your plate? Respiratory muscle training (RMT) is one skill you may be considering. However, is it worth the effort, both in increasing performance and for an easier recovery?

You may think your training regimen covers all aspects of your conditioning needs, that it is not necessary to concentrate on your breathing ability. However, the fact remains: respiratory muscle fatigue during exercise can limit performance.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Athletes, Health and Fitness