Breathing Techniques to Improve Lung Capacity

There are many breathing techniques which can increase and improve the lung capacity and volume. This will help you to store more air in lungs, increase the rate of oxygen transport in the lung tissue, you will not actually increase performance, but you would not deliver more oxygen to the working muscle faster.

Why to try breathing techniques?

Many people are benefited by practicing breathing techniques; experts have found that asthma patients have a tendency to breathe more quickly than non-asthma patients. Breathing exercises will help asthma patients to avoid and reduce potential attacks by encouraging shallower, more controlled breathing. Breathing exercise will also help them to become relaxed, more mindful the way they breathe all the times. By following these exercises you can reduce the asthma symptoms.

Breathing Techniques to Improve Lung Capacity



Develop better lung capacity with these Breathing techniques

Discussed below are the top 6 techniques, which can improve the lung capacity for asthma patients.

1. Diaphragmatic breathing

Diaphragmatic breathing is simple and basic technique which maximizes the air distribution in your lungs. Diaphragmatic breathing is also called as belly breathing. To perform this breathing exercise, lie on your back or sit in a comfortable position. Inhale slowly through your nose, by pushing your abdomen out. Exhale with your abdomen, by pulling inwards. Exhalation should be twice or more than the inhalation.

2. Buteyko breathing

To perform this sit upright, relax belly muscles and chest. Close your eyes and look up. Breathe slowly and shallow through the nose gently. Exhale very slowly until there is no air left in lungs. Hold the breath as long as you can and then return to gentle or normal breathing. Buteyko breathing technique will help you to control asthma symptoms. It reduces the rate of breathing, increase the overall volume of air taken with each breath and it also increases lung capacity.

3. Papworth Method
Similar to diaphragmatic and buteyko breathing method, but this technique is more effective for asthma patients. It works well for those that who frequently triggered by rapid breathing. But this technique will not be beneficial for those who have severe asthma, colds, allergies or any other illnesses.

 4. Physical movement exercises

Physical movement exercise, as the name suggests the technique combines physical elements and breathing exercise. While doing any physical activity, focus on posture, relax, remove tension from all the muscles, concentrate on your breath and belly. 

5. Yoga

Many studies have proven that regular practice of yoga can reduced asthma symptoms. While performing yoga concentrate on your breathing. Yoga is excellent for relaxation, fitness, improves lung capacity and manages asthma. Start learning basic pranayama breathing techniques and practice them regularly. Before joining yoga classes, consult your doctor and practice under the guidance of yoga instructor.

6. Pursed Lip Technique

Pursed lip technique helps to release air that is been trapped in the lungs. To perform this exercise, sit in a comfortable position or lie on your back. Inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your lips that are pursed (pose similar to whistling).
Combination of proper medical care, medications and breathing exercises can drastically improve your ability of your lungs. Start following these techniques, from today!

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