Improve Lung Capacity For Running

I’ve already chosen my musical instruments and I live at 600 feet above sea level so I need some sensible tips that will work for me.

Breathe Deeply. What you’re doing here is expanding your lung capacity and your chest’s ability to take in air. Practice these steps:

  • Exhale completely. I mean push it ALL out. Get it all out so you can accept more fresh clean air into your lungs.
  • Inhale deeply into your abdomen. Breathe the way babies do. You never see a baby pumping up its chest. Their bellies rise and fall with every little breath. Do the same. Expand your belly as you inhale forcing your belly-button away from your spine.
  • Then hold that breath there for a count of 3 to 5.
  • Then you can exhale completely again.

Breathe against resistance. The purpose of this exercise is to strengthen the muscles that help you to breathe.

  • Inhale deeply. Take in lots of air.
  • Purse your lips. That is – hold them together with only a small opening.
  • Exhale forcefully. You should be making lots of noise as the air exits your mouth.

Inhale more than you think you can. The idea here is to expand your airways and lung capacity. By breathing in more volume than you normally do, you will gradually increase your lungs’ capacity for air.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose. This should be a deep breath in until you cannot bring any more air into your lungs.
  • Purse your lips and sip in air repeatedly until you cannot take in any more.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds.
  • Relax and let the air exit through your mouth.
  • Repeat

Exhale more than you think you can. As with inhaling more than you think you can, this exercise will increase lung capacity and your ability to expel stale air from your lungs.

  • Breathe deeply into your lungs and chest.
  • Hold your breath for a few seconds.
  • Exhale forcefully through your mouth until you cannot expel any more air.
  • Place your hands on your abdomen and use them to help press more air from your lungs. Leaning forward slightly as you force air from your lungs may help you expel even more air.
  • Repeat

Exercise in water. This last tip helps to increase the strength of the muscles that help you to breathe.

Because water is heavier than air, when you’re in water it presses against your chest increasing the force needed to breathe. It’s like the water pressure you feel on your ears when you dive.