Updated: Nov 18, 2020
I talk to my patients often about utilizing the full capacity of their lungs. I believe that most people do not use the full capacity of their lungs even when they’re fit. That means there is room for improvement
for all people, and with Covid primarily affecting the respiratory system, now is a great time to do some simple breathing exercises to improve your lung function.
In my practice, I take people through a simple exercise to help work on improving total lung capacity. This exercise is used often in yoga, and is an essential tool for calming the mind.
Who doesn’t need some of that right now!
The exercise is simple. Take a deep breath in and hold it. Then try to get a little bit more air in, and a little bit more, and a little bit more. You do this until you feel like you cannot get any more air into your lungs and then you hold your breath as long as you feel comfortable.
Then let the air out. I encourage people to repeat this up to five times. Then I have them repeat the process by letting air out using the same procedure.
When done correctly, it helps the person understand what their true limits of breathing are. After a while, you’ll even start to notice an improvement in the depth of your breath and a decrease in the respiration rate when doing physical activity.
This simple technique can help people that do not get out often and exercise get their lungs working better than before.
Try it out and let me know what you think.
**As a health practitioner, I try to offer guidance to my patients. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. This general information is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your healthcare professional. Consult with your healthcare professional to design an appropriate exercise prescription.