Better Breathing Blog

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

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

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, 2.it’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

Marathon Training Tips for the Over 50s

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Feb 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Running is a safe, healthy exercise for people of any age. More than 50% of the runners in the New York City Marathon are over 40. At age 52, Hal Higdon, marathon runner and writer, ran a 10km in 31:08 and a marathon in 2:29:27.

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Topics: Running

Advanced Tips for Developing a Smart Training Routine, Without Overdoing It

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 6, 2014 7:30:00 AM

Some people believe that breathing with PowerLung while you train will speed up your training progress.  However, PowerLung is not an “overnight fix.” Overtraining and over working your muscles leads to muscle pain and injuries. A gradual integration of PowerLung into your training program will help you build up strength and endurance. Building the intensity of your training program allows your body to adapt and move forward without injury. 

The Starting Line

PowerLung muscle training is pure and simple.  It uses progressive threshold resistance to strengthen the muscles and to train them to breathe in a certain manner. Training with PowerLung, as with any muscle training, takes time. During the first four weeks, muscles learn to do the exercise and to improve strength and endurance.  Doing more in the first four weeks than the PowerLung instructions outlined is equivalent to lifting weights too often with your strength-training program.  You may risk overstraining and issues that accompany sore muscles. 

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Topics: Triathletes, Running, Athletes

How to Sprint Without Overextending Yourself

Posted by Carolyn Morse

May 15, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Sprinting. People either hate it or they love it. When coaches require their players to sprint, they hate it. When runners, cyclists or swimmers sprint to the finish line, they love it. Sprinting really depends on when you do it and why you do it. Many joggers use a sprint to finish their run, while sprinting for some athletes, like soccer players or swimmers, is just part of the game or competition. The goal behind sprinting, however, should be to push your body to new exercise or athletic levels, not to overextend it.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Health and Fitness, Track and Field

How to Use PowerLung in the Taper Phase of Training

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 17, 2013 9:00:00 AM

As fall athletic competitions heat up, most coaches have laid out the season’s training program to include a taper period, especially in endurance sports.  Even taper before a 5K running race is recommended. The pre-tapering training and training during the period may vary by athlete and sport. Length of taper may vary from a period of a week or more.  

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Triathletes, Running, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches

Runners: Do you forget about your posture and breathing?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 10, 2013 9:30:00 AM

A recent tweet, included below, by one of our followers brought up the issue of posture and breathing for runners.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Running, Athletes

On Your Mark, Get Set...

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 13, 2012 8:00:00 AM

GO! This is Marathon Weekend in Houston, TX and this Saturday I’ll be out on the course with all the runners who are trying to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Team.  I won’t be running in it but I’ll be one of the volunteers trying to make this one of the best experiences of their life.

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Topics: Running, Athletes, Health and Fitness

Reduce the effort when sprinting across the field

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 20, 2010 9:00:00 AM

Last month we discussed the importance of breathing and intermittent sprinting in the game of soccer. With the FIL World Lacrosse Championships happening, lacrosse players know the feeling of the stop and go again movement in this sport and the impact it can have on their breathing.

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Topics: Training, Running, Athletes