Breathing Facts

Can Inspiratory Muscle Training Help You Recover From COVID-19?

Symptoms of the coronavirus and long COVID symptoms are responsible for the rise in interest in respiratory rehabilitation. This is because this new coronavirus is causing lung complications that can cause long-term lung damage. However, just as regular cardio exercise improves heart health, so breathing exercises improve lung health. Breathing exercises make the lungs function

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What Happens When You Breathe

In our blog, What Is The Breathing System, we take a look at what makes up your respiratory system. In this blog we look at what physically happens when you breathe. Therefore, we’ll be looking at inhalation (breathing in) and exhalation (breathing out). Furthermore, we’ll be looking at how POWERbreathe IMT helps you to strengthen the

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What Is The Breathing System

This brief overview about your breathing system explains what physically happens when you breathe, as well as, what controls your breathing. It also looks at your respiratory system and the muscles you use for breathing. Furthermore, it highlights how breathing training with POWERbreathe IMT has a positive effect on your breathing muscles, by increasing their strength,

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Why Deep Breathing Exercises Are Good For You

Deep breathing exercises encourage the air you breathe in to fully fill your lungs. Also known as diaphragmatic breathing and abdominal breathing, it helps your body to breathe in as much energy giving oxygen as possible, and exchange it for the waste product carbon dioxide. As a result of this deep breathing and full gas

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Breathing for focus using the 4-4-8 breathing technique

The 4-4-8 breathing technique is a basic breathing technique which is designed to help you relax and focus. This technique is great if you feel stressed or tense. Using this technique will help you get rid of the tension so you can focus on what you need to do. No matter what your goal is,

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Causes Of Inspiratory Muscle Weakness

Weak inspiratory muscles can be the result of a number of causes, including disease, but the amount of ‘exercise’ they receive has a huge influence upon their condition. We use the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ to describe the best way to off-set problems that come with ageing, such as completing crosswords to keep

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Benefits Of Inspiratory Only vs Inspiratory And Expiratory Muscle Training

With research papers and meta-analyses having shown the scientific benefits of training your inspiratory muscles with POWERbreathe for fitness and sports, health and lifestyle and medical issues related to breathing problems, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think then that training your expiratory muscles as well would be better still. Research to date however

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How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

How The Inspiratory Muscles Contribute To The Breathing Process

The diaphragm and chest wall muscles act together like a bellows to pump air in and out of the chest. To breathe in these muscles contract to expand the chest cavity, causing a pressure drop into which the air flows. To breathe out, you simply relax these ‘inspiratory’ muscles and the chest springs back forcing

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Tips to Improve Breathing

You may be asking yourself why you need to improve your breathing. It’s a fair question. After all, at rest, you take 12 – 16 breaths per minute without even thinking about it. So just imagine what your breathing would be like if you were to start thinking about how you do it. Here you’ll find

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Breathing Incorrectly

Breathing Incorrectly Can Affect Your Health

As a baby you’ll have taken deep, relaxing breaths into your abdomen without thinking about it. It came naturally. But with age, life’s stresses and strains can have a toll on your body.  Consequently, without realising it, you’ll start breathing incorrectly. Furthermore, as you get older these stresses and strains may start to interfere with

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Your respiratory control centre and POWERbreathe

This is the third in a series of blogs where we look at explaining how breathing training with POWERbreathe has a positive effect on your breathing muscles. In this blog we’re looking at your respiratory control centre which resides at the base of your brain and controls your breathing by sending signals down your spine

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Respiratory rate – the neglected vital sign

According to research, respiratory rate is often not recorded in many hospitals when other vital signs are, and yet there is evidence that an abnormal respiratory rate “is the most significant predictor of critical illness”. Research conducted by Birmingham City Hospital confirmed that respiratory rate is an early indicator of physiological deterioration and should be recorded

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An observation on breathing

Professor Stephen Spiro, Deputy Chairman of the British Lung Foundation, recently shared an observation he made when people try to breathe while slumped on the sofa. “You’ll notice that people don’t sigh when they sit slumped — they have to sit up to take a deep breath,” he commented. “That’s because the lungs work best

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Why train your breathing?

Why Train Your Breathing is an article by Duncan Kerr. If it weren’t for the fact that breathing is automatic and taken for granted then we would not be asking this question. Sports people train all their other muscle groups yet ignore the most fundamental system necessary to improve sports performance – the muscles used for

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If climbing stairs leaves you breathless

This article in Psychology Today discovers why even the fittest of people can feel breathless when they climb the stairs. Does being breathless mean you need to hit the gym? Well we are told in the article that even marathon runners get winded when they fly up the stairs at pace. And so feeling out of breath

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