Breathing Tips & Fitness Tips While on Lockdown

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If you’re missing your workouts at the gym while on lockdown from the coronavirus, then our top fitness and breathing tip is to make POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) your ideal multifunction training tool. Breathing through the hand-held device for 30 breaths twice a day improves your breathing strength and stamina. IMT will stand you in good stead for when you do get back to your usual workout. However, better still is the fact that you’re doing something positive now to help keep your respiratory muscles strong. This is beneficial in a time when your lungs and airways are affected by this new illness.

Breathing Tips – POWERbreathe IMT

POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) is like dumbbells for your diaphragm. It works by making your breathing muscles work harder, as you breathe in against a resistance. The reason being, POWERbreathe IMT uses the principles of resistance training to exercise your breathing muscles and your diaphragm is your main breathing muscle. And as your breathing muscles become stronger, you increase the breathing load (resistance). Hence the term, dumbbells for your diaphragm. As a result, your breathing strength and stamina improve and breathing fatigue reduces. In fact, IMT is scientifically proven to benefit patients with respiratory illness and healthy people. Furthermore, elite Olympic and Paralympic athletes use these devices in all sports to maximise their gold medal winning potential.

Here are a few POWERbreathe breathing tips:

  • Keeping your breathing muscles in tip top condition is very important because if you do become ill they will fatigue very quickly. 
  • Using POWERbreathe IMT you can improve your breathing technique and strengthen your breathing muscles in the comfort of your own home. 
  • Perform 30 breaths twice a day. This is the scientifically proven training protocol (McConnell et al., 2005). In 4-6 weeks of regular training your breathing muscles will have improved substantially and you should feel less breathless.
  • After 4-weeks of 30 breaths twice a day, you can reduce your training to every other day to maintain your improved breathing.
  • You can also develop a range of exercises using additional exercise equipment to complement your indoor POWERbreathe routine.

Fitness Tips – ActiBreathe

ActiBreathe by POWERbreathe is the only fitness training programme to combine the benefits of inspiratory muscle training with body conditioning exercises.

  • Build strength, stamina, flexibility and aerobic fitness – all in one workout.
  • No gym required – complete programmes provide all the kit you need, including a POWERbreathe Plus IMT device, or choose the standalone DVD if you already have your POWERbreathe IMT device.
  • Effective workouts in 30-minutes a day.
  • Choose from CardioCurve, AbsCoreMore, MuscleMix or Total Body Conditioning.

ActiBreathe Taster Workout

Breathing tips for those with respiratory problems

Hospitals are using POWERbreathe IMT devices to improve patients preoperative fitness and to help wean patients from ventilators more quickly to make space for new patients. There is one particular study that uses the POWERbreathe KH2 with Breathe-Link Medic Live Feedback Software. This particular model of IMT device is specifically for healthcare professionals to test, monitor and analyse a patient’s respiratory muscle training programme.

Study findings show that this electronic inspiratory muscle training,

…can be used safely and possibly effectively in tracheostomized patients who are on MV and are being treated in the ICU, as the HR, MAP, RR, and SpO2 were within normal values.

Furthermore, the study also says that electronic IMT using the POWERbreathe KH2,

…may be effective since it led to an increase in MIP over pre-training values, and weaning time was shorter than in the INP group. Shorter weaning times in particular may contribute to a decrease in the incidence of MV-associated pneumonia and in hospital-acquired infection, as well as to shorter hospitalization times and, consequently, lower morbidity and mortality and decreased hospitalization-related costs.

Abbreviations for above findings

  • MV – mechanical ventilation
  • HR – heart rate
  • MAP – mean arterial pressure
  • RR – respiratory rate
  • SpO2 – arterial oxygen saturation
  • MIP – maximal inspiratory pressure 
  • INP – intermittent nebulization program

Fitness and Breathing Tip – 10% off POWERbreathe Plus

If you would like to boost your respiratory muscle system for health reasons or to keep on top of your fitness while on lockdown, then choose a POWERbreathe Plus* and receive 10% off. 

Enter this discount code at the checkout: COVID19.

Which POWERbreathe Plus

We recommend the Light Resistance model for most people, but if you normally do a lot of running, cycling, swimming or endurance cardiovascular work, then the Medium Resistance is more suitable.   

Information about Coronavirus COVID-19

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