According to the World Obesity Federation, worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. Almost every country in the world is experiencing the effects of the obesity epidemic. And the World Obesity Federation believe that overweight and obesity levels will continue to rise.

Physically active when overweight

People who are overweight often experience shortness of breath. Furthermore, they experience this not just during exercise but also at rest. This is a result of the extra weight on their chest. It’s this extra weight that impedes the action of the inspiratory muscles. Consequently, obese people are less able to exercise effectively. And so begins a vicious cycle of not exercising which results in detraining of the breathing muscles.

POWERbreathe IMT is helpful

study found that POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training (IMT) improves the functional fitness of obese adults.

Improving fitness in obese adults

The purpose of this study is to look into improving functional fitness in adults with obesity. It examines the efficacy of inspiratory muscle training and uses POWERbreathe IMT as the non-intrusive and practical intervention. Researchers use POWERbreathe IMT to stimulate improved functional fitness in adults who are overweight.

4 weeks of POWERbreathe IMT

The study randomly assigns 67 obese adults into two groups. One is an experimental group and the other is a placebo group. The experimental group perform 4-weeks of POWERbreathe IMT set to 55% of their maximum inspiratory effort. The placebo group also perform 4-weeks of POWERbreathe IMT, but set to 10% of maximum inspiratory effort.

Walking distance extended

The experimental group showed significant improvements in inspiratory muscle strength. Additionally, they were also able to significantly extend post training walking distance. However by contrast, the placebo group did not show any improvements.

POWERbreathe IMT improves fitness in obese adults

Findings suggest that POWERbreathe IMT provides a practical, self-administered intervention to improve the functional fitness of obese adults. Furthermore, their findings show that it is suitable for use in the home environment. Finally, the study suggests that it could lead to better preparedness for engagement in physical activity.

POWERbreathe IMT has a wide use of applications for a wide range of people. It is drug-free and easy to use. Furthermore, it is developed by scientists and is scientifically proven to improve breathing strength and stamina and reduce breathing fatigue. The scientifically proven training protocol only requires you to breathe in through the device for 30 breaths, twice a day. When this protocol is followed, results can be felt within just 4-6 weeks. And for people who are overweight and find they become breathless easily, the fact that the cardiovascular strain of POWERbreathe IMT is very low means it is suitable for even the most physically compromised people.