Published in The Journals of Gerontology: Series A (Volume 69, Issue 12Pp. 1545-1553 September 2014)
“Aging results in a decline in the function of the respiratory muscles. Inspiratory muscle training is emerging as a possible intervention to attenuate the decline of respiratory muscles in the elderly. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of inspiratory muscle training on respiratory strength, diaphragm thickness, and diaphragmatic mobility in elderly women.”
“Inspiratory muscle training of moderate intensity improves respiratory muscle strength, diaphragm thickness, and diaphragm mobility in elderly women and it should be considered to minimize changes associated with senescence.”*
*Oxford Dictionary definition of Senescence: “The condition or process of deterioration with age.”
In other research, Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago revealed how people with stronger breathing muscles showed higher levels of physical activity and a slower rate of activity decline.1 These findings are consistent with those from another research group showing that physically active older people had stronger breathing muscles than less active older people.2
Breathing muscle strength may also be an important determinant of death in older people, according to another study from the Chicago group who found that older people with a weaker respiratory system tended to have poorer lung function, known to be a contributory factor to survival.4
“Overall, our findings suggest that respiratory muscle strength is at the beginning of a causal chain which can lead to reduced pulmonary function and death.” The authors concluded.
How POWERbreathe can help
POWERbreathe is a breathing muscle trainer, scientifically proven to increase breathing muscle strength by 20% in just 6-weeks, with 65% of participants feeling less out of breath when undertaking everyday activities.3 Training your breathing muscles can help you remain active, which consequently can help you maintain mobility. And as POWERbreathe is drug-free, there’s nothing to lose in training with it.
Whether the benefits of inspiratory muscle training contribute to improvements in life expectancy has yet to be determined. However, since it has no side effects, and takes less than 5 minutes per day to undertake, it’s probably worth giving it a go.
If you found this blog interesting, you may also like to read about this pilot trial: Effects of inspiratory muscle training on exercise capacity and spontaneous physical activity in elderly subjects: a randomized controlled pilot trial.
1. Buchman AS, Boyle PA, Wilson RS, Leurgans S, Shah RC, Bennett DA. Respiratory muscle strength predicts decline in mobility in older persons. Neuroepidemiology 2008;31:174-80
2. Summerhill EM, Angov N, Garber C, McCool FD. Respiratory muscle strength in the physically active elderly. Lung 2007;185:315-20
3. Copestake AJ, McConnell AK. Inspiratory muscle training reduces exertional breathlessness in healthy elderly men and women. In: International Conference on Physical Activity and Health in the Elderly; 1995; Stirling, Scotland: University of Sterling; 1995. p. 150)
4. Buchman AS, Boyle PA, Wilson RS, Gu L, Bienias JL, Bennett DA. Pulmonary function,. Mech Ageing Dev 2008