Breathing Facts

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

The importance of your respiratory rate 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

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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? 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 breathing. If ever

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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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keep lungs healthy with exercise

How To Keep Your Lungs Healthy With Exercise

Exercise – or any physical activity – will help to improve your quality of life. Even if you’re not very active doing something physical will help. And if you have a lung condition and are finding breathing difficult, the European Lung Foundation believe exercise will help. Exercise will also help to keep your lungs healthy.

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Deep Breathing Exercises for Intercostal Muscles & the Diaphragm

Deep breathing exercises are often referred to as pranayama in yoga, an ancient system of holistic health. Regular practice of deep breathing exercises can help tone the intercostal muscles, a group of muscles that form the chest wall, and the diaphragm, a thin muscle located under the lungs. Deep Chest Breathing Deep chest breathing requires

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Breathe better and get fitter

Breathlessness is a common feature of lung and heart disease, but as we know all too well, it’s also a feature of normal exercise. Research has shown that the strength of the inspiratory muscles has a direct influence on how hard we can breathe and how breathless we feel whilst doing it. If the muscles

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