We came across this recent study (Oct 2014) from the Clinical Interventions in Aging which we felt worth sharing because it’s an area of women’s health (and applicable to men’s health) that we haven’t discussed before.
The study identifies how, as we age, biological modifications take place which, generally speaking, “involves a reduction in physical capacity, in association with functional deficits, such as reduced levels of respiratory muscle strength and muscle strength, reduced cardiorespiratory capacity, and reduced mobility, all of which make completing daily activities more difficult.(1-3) A recent study established a strong association between poor physical fitness and respiratory disorders.(3)”
This dysfunction of the respiratory muscles, it states, “can lead to hyperventilation, reduction in exercise tolerance, and even respiratory insufficiency; also, it is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality rates.(3,4)”
The study refers to how specific respiratory muscle training has shown significant effects on the respiratory muscle strength and endurance in athletes (5) but how few studies suggest that resistance training can be used for improving respiratory muscle strength, yet “the evaluation of respiratory muscle strength is of great clinical importance.”
In order to limit the progressive reduction of respiratory muscle strength that sedentary ageing elicits, the study results suggested “elderly women who are not in the habit of physical activity may start with single-set resistance training programs as a short-term strategy for the maintenance of health.”
But there is a much more direct method for training the respiratory muscles to become stronger, and that is POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training. We’re not diminishing the benefits of physical activity for the maintenance of health, but when combined with physical activity POWERbreathe respiratory muscle training will improve breathing strength and stamina more than physical activity alone. And the benefits of POWERbreathe training apply equally to ageing men too.
POWERbreathe will improve breathing strength and stamina after just 4-weeks, if the scientifically proven training regimen of 30 breaths twice a day is followed. With improved breathing stamina and strength everyday tasks that once left you breathless become easier, helping you to complete daily activities and enjoy life more.
The POWERbreathe Classic Level 1 (LR) @ £29.99 and POWERbreathe Plus Level 1 (LR) @ £49.99, will help to not only reduce this decline in respiratory muscle strength, but improve your breathing stamina too, improving your quality of life. See How it Works.
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2. Fiatarone MA, Marks EC, Ryan ND, Meredith CN, Lipsitz LA, Evans WJ. High-intensity strength training in nonagenarians. Effects on skeletal muscle. JAMA. 1990;263(22):3029–3034. [PubMed]
3. Vaz Fragoso CA, Enright PL, McAvay G, Van Ness PH, Gill TM. Frailty and respiratory impairment in older persons. Am J Med. 2012;125(1):79– 86. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
4. Sin DD, Wu L, Man SF. The relationship between reduced lung function and cardiovascular mortality: a population-based study and a systematic review of the literature. Chest. 2005;127(6):1952–1959. [PubMed]
5. HajGhanbari B, Yamabayashi C, Buna TR, et al. Effects of respiratory muscle training on performance in athletes: a systematic review with meta- analyses. J Strength Cond Res. 2013;27(6):1643–1663. [PubMed]