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

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

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

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

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

Can Your Lungs Keep Up With The Kids This Summer?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The kids are finishing the school year and the weather is warm and sunny. Outdoor activities make for great spring and summer fun! Don’t let exertion get in the way of fun with the kids! Make sure your lungs are strong enough to keep up with the kids this summer so you and your family can stay active together.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung, Swimming, Active Aging, Health and Fitness

Seven Tips for Mountain Biking at Altitude

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 11, 2015 10:00:00 AM

High altitude mountain biking heats up every summer as a common activity for adventure seekers. From the Colorado Trail Race to the Arizona Trail Race, many races start at 10,000 feet and up!

Biking up extremely high mountain altitudes requires special physical and mental preparations before, during, and after the race. Endurance is the key to success! For those who don’t live in high altitudes, acclimation takes time and varies between individuals.

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Topics: Better Breathing, PowerLung, Mountain Biking