Lung Strengthening Exercises Part 1

Strengthen your lungs to enhance your athletic performance. Improve your health, fitness and functionality by increasing your lung power. Regular exercise strengthens the lungs and improves the health of the respiratory system.

Powerful lungs are a valuable asset for athletes. Formulate and follow a training program that builds powerful lungs. Use general and specific exercises to develop increased lung health.

This article covers general exercise types that improve lung strength. Lung Strengthening Exercises Part 2 covers specific lung strengthening exercises.    

Anatomy and Physiology: The lungs possess two primary functions: Supply oxygen for energy and remove waste in the form of carbon dioxide. The respiratory system filters, warms and humidifies inhaled air to supply cells with oxygen while simultaneously removing the waste product carbon dioxide.

Exercise: Consistently training the lungs increases lung strength. Develop healthy robust lungs with general and specific breathing exercises.

Precaution: Always begin and train at an intensity that is consistent with your current fitness level. Check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Increase intensity in gradual calculated increments to minimize injury risk.

Aerobic Exercise: Increased aerobic fitness allows the muscles to perform more efficiently. A higher level of aerobic fitness means the body has a greater capacity to intake, transport and utilize oxygen.

Execute large motions in a rhythmic manner. Synchronize your breathing and movement. Utilize specific breathing patterns while cycling, running, jumping rope and lifting weights. Develop muscular and respiratory endurance with aerobic exercise.

Anaerobic Exercise: Anaerobic exercise builds lung strength. Utilize intense training of short duration to move your body into a state of oxygen debt. Incorporate full body functional movements which require greater demands of oxygen to numerous large muscle groups simultaneously.

Weight room examples include squats, power clean push presses and kettlebell swings. Outdoor examples include cycling uphill and running sprints. Heavy breathing follows these intense exercises due to increased oxygen demand. Build strength in your muscles and lungs with anaerobic exercises.

Exercise Types: Pilates, yoga and tai chi are forms of exercise that focus on breathing. Yoga and tai chi calm the nervous system, increase balance and improve lung strength. Pilates concentrates on strengthening the diaphragm with specific exercises and breathing techniques.

Conclusion: Devise exercise programs that incorporate a combination of aerobic and anaerobic training. Use a variety of cardiovascular exercises and multi-joint exercises to increase lung strength. Employ high intensity, short duration training sessions to develop a stronger respiratory system. Practice yoga, Pilates and tai-chi to improve your breathing.

Lung strength is essential for athletic success. Improve your athletic performance with general and specific exercises designed to strengthen the respiratory system. Enhance your lung strength to achieve your health and fitness goals.

Dr Donald A Ozello DC of Championship Chiropractic in Las Vegas, NV

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**Disclaimer: Always consult a medical professional before beginning an exercise program. Always work within your capabilities. Never perform an exercise that elicits or increases pain or symptoms. Reading this article and viewing the linked videos does not take the place of seeing a medical professional. Please visit a medical professional for evaluation, diagnosis & treatment.

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