Developing Lung Capacity

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Regular exercise has numerous benefits, including improving how well the heart and lungs function, delivering oxygen to the rest of the body.

According to Scientific American, people who regularly exercise have a higher blood volume and can extract oxygen from the lungs and deliver it to the blood more efficiently than those who live sedentary lifestyles.

By participating in regular sessions of exercise and practicing deep breathing techniques, it may be possible to develop lung capacity and improve the body’s pulmonary functions.

Deep Breathing

Consistent sessions of deep breathing can be helpful to improving overall lung function. As you develop lung capacity, you’ll feel less winded during workout sessions.

The University of Missouri recommends a deep breathing exercise where you lie flat on your back and focus on breathing from the belly. Take slow breaths as you set your palms flat against the bottom of your rib cage. As you slowly inhale and exhale, you should feel your fingers move apart and back together. Do this activity for at least five minutes daily for best results.

Tai Chi and Yoga

Types of exercise that place emphasis on your breathing can also be helpful for developing lung capacity. Examples of exercises that require that you inhale and exhale as you change positions include yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi.

One move in Tai Chi requires three short inhales along with three position changes. On the first inhaled breath, the arms are brought shoulder height in front of the body. For the second inhaled breath, the arms are moved to the sides while still being held as high as the shoulders. The third inhaled breath will require the arms to move directly overhead. Exhale as the arms are brought back down to the sides.

Change Your Breathing While Exercising

Cycling Performance Tips suggests changing the way you breathe during exercise to help improve lung capacity. They recommend that you count your breaths as you work out. Exhale for three seconds and then follow with two seconds of inhaling. You can time your breathing to synchronize with the cadence of your run or bike ride. Breathe from your belly instead of pushing breath out of your mouth. Keep your chest open as you exercise to allow more air to flow through your lungs.

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