Better Breathing Blog

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

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

Respiratory Muscle Power While Swimming Before and After Training (with PowerLung)

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jun 4, 2015 8:00:00 AM

If you are looking to improve the strength and ability of your respiratory system, be it for general health, professional sport, public speaking or musical performance you will likely need targeted respiratory training to allow yourself to get to the next level. PowerLung offers an incredibly effective device to assist you with this training. 

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Topics: Training, Athletes, Swimming, Coaches

What to do if you reach maximum on your current PowerLung?

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Oct 13, 2014 8:30:00 AM

If you have reached the maximum on your current PowerLung then congratulations, you are progressing well. Fortunately, there are two ways to continue your development and go forward from here. The first is to adjust your routine and the second is to add new resistance cells.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, PowerLung

How Your World Cup Team Could Gain a Competitive Edge

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jul 1, 2014 2:31:00 PM

The 2014 World Cup has made history as the 136 goals scored during the Group Stage has been the most goals scored since 1958. Despite being some of the most mentally and physically prepared athletes in the world, this record setting World Cup has had a huge impact on the athletes. From official water breaks to athletes subbing out for cramps and exhaustion, we’ve seen these elite athletes breaking down in front of our eyes. Is it possible that these athletes aren’t training all of their muscles as effectively as possible?

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Soccer

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 Build Your Cycling Energy and Endurance

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Jan 9, 2014 10:56:00 AM

As a cyclist, have you ever been in the middle of a hike, race or a simple ride around the neighborhood, when you realize that respiratory fatigue has hit your body?  While your mind is on cycling, your breathing becomes shallow, you have trouble getting deep breaths, and your muscles feel on fire.  This will result in a decrease in bike speed, which could lead you to lose the race, delay your hike or make you just want to walk back home.  In a race scenario, after spending months and even years training your endurance, you shouldn’t let respiratory fatigue take you out of the race.  During training, cyclists often overlook the importance of breath training and respiratory fitness. What could respiratory muscle training do for your cycling endurance and performance? 

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Athletes, Cycling

PowerLung Gift Giving Guide

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Dec 17, 2013 1:42:00 PM

The PowerLung makes for an excellent choice for your Christmas shopping! You can rest assured that you are literally giving the gift of good health. The PowerLung is rather unique in that instead of using flow restriction – similar to breathing through various sized straws – we utilize a pressure threshold approach. Pressure threshold is akin to strength training. Just as your arms or legs have vital muscle groups, so do your lungs – and that’s what PowerLung aims to strengthen.

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Topics: Better Breathing, Training, Health and Fitness

Mountain Bikers: Move from Subpar to Superior

Posted by Carolyn Morse

Dec 5, 2013 7:30:00 AM

As a mountain biker, you spend hours training and racing at high altitudes and through difficult terrain. Your journey to the top of a peak is physically and mentally demanding, but well worth it once you reach the top. The tremendous energy and endurance level you need to cycle up climbs, attempt blasts, change speeds, and race in the mountains is unparallel to many other sports. Biking through mountain terrain is challenging, and you need to train properly. Training for mountain biking goes beyond aerobic and cardio workouts. Learning how to breath right is the factor that takes you from being subpar to superior as a mountain biker.

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Topics: Training, Mountain Biking