A research report has just been published in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy that looked at the effects of inspiratory muscle training and yoga breathing on respiratory muscle function on impaired older adults. The report concluded that yoga breathing exercises appeared to be an effective and well-tolerated exercise regimen in frail older adults and may therefore be a useful alternative to inspiratory muscle training, or no training at all, to improve respiratory muscle function in the older population who’re unable to take part in any whole-body training. Research Report: Effects of Inspiratory Muscle Training and Yoga Breathing Exercises on Respiratory Muscle Function in Institutionalized Frail Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Cebrià I Iranzo MD, Arnall DA, Camacho CI, Tomás JM. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy: POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 3 July 2013 doi: 10.1519/JPT.0b013e31829938bb Whether it’s due to older age, a sedentary lifestyle or a medical condition, any condition that prevents normal physical activity can lead to inspiratory muscle weakness. The phrase ‘use it or lose it’ applies to the inspiratory muscles as much as it does say, to your leg muscles. For instance as we get older we may take the lift as opposed to walking up the stairs, the consequence of which is that our inspiratory muscles get less exercise. As our inspiratory muscles become weaker we become more breathless. As a result we may avoid doing things that make us breathless and so our inspiratory muscles become weaker still. This weakness can impair lung function but this can be counteracted by inspiratory muscle training with POWERbreathe Level 1 (Light Resistance). Read more about the respiratory system and breathing facts, including causes of inspiratory muscle weakness, or if you’re already using POWERbreathe to strengthen your breathing muscles which have become weaker due to older age or a sedentary lifestyle, then please leave a comment here or on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook or Twitter as we’d love to hear from you. We’ve already heard from 64-year-old Martin about his experience of using POWERbreathe, and you can read about why he came to use it on the POWERbreathe blog.