Strength Exercises for the Respiratory Muscles

Strength Exercises for the Respiratory Muscles

 To do resistive exercises to strengthen the respiratory muscles it is necessary to use a resistive device. That is, a device that makes it more difficult to either inhale or exhale as for example, the Breather, also known as the Sports Breather.  With this device you can adjust the resistance for inhalation and for exhalation to match your capabilities. To exercise the muscles forcefully, inhale against the resistance and then exhale forcefully against resistance at a steady rhythm for up to one minute.  Then relax for a minute and repeat. Your breathing can be modified to match different conditions. For example, in sprinting when there is some breath holding, you can forcefully inhale, hold the breath, forcefully exhale, and so on. Since one of the key actions in breathing is forceful exhalation you should concentrate on greater development of this ability.  The faster and more forcefully you can get the air out, the quicker you can take in air for a more effective exchange of gases in the lungs. Strengthening the respiratory muscles is also very beneficial to runners and athletes who have asthma or other respiratory problems.