Better Breathing Blog by PowerLung

Top Tips for Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 4, 2018 9:33:00 AM

PowerLung - Top Tips for Keeping Your Lungs Healthy

This time of year, many people are considering resolutions, and looking for ways to improve their lives. From weight loss to eating more natural foods, from reducing screen time to improving organization, optimism is high as new habits are formed. Many people look for ways to improve health, and even slow down the aging process. One area that is simply overlooked, and even easier to care for, is the respiratory system.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Health and Fitness

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

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: Health and Fitness, Active Aging, Yoga

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: Health and Fitness, Better Breathing, PowerLung

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: Yoga, Health and Fitness

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, Health and Fitness, Competitive Swimming, 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: Training, Better Breathing, 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, Athletes, Health and Fitness, Training

Swimming: The Art of Breathing Well

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The need for every living thing to breathe well cannot be denied. However, the need for strong breathing is evident to athletes. Since both respiratory and activity-based muscles compete for oxygen, athletes must become more efficient in their breathing ability to maximize performance. Although this relationship is understandable in all athletic events, none is more obvious to understand as in the sport of swimming.

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Topics: Competitive Swimming, Swimming, Triathletes, Health and Fitness, Scuba Diving

Strengthen Your Respiratory Muscles

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 6, 2017 4:04:08 PM

Athletes, professional and amateur alike, think about training their heart, legs, back, and anything else related to their sport. However, rarely do people ponder training their lungs. There is a direct link between fatigued breathing and reduced performance (weakness) in your legs or other muscles needed to compete in any given sport. The bottom line is that when you breathe better, you provide more oxygen to your muscles, thereby improving your athletic performance.

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