6 Breathing Exercises To Increase Lung Capacity

Maintaining respiratory health and well-being requires lung capacity improvement. Breathing exercises can help athletes and non-athletes improve endurance and lung function. 

1. Diaphragmatic Breathing

The diaphragm, a muscle between the belly and lung, is necessary for breathing. COPD patients use back, shoulder, and neck muscles instead of the diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing boosts muscular efficiency.

2. Huff Cough

Chronic respiratory infections cause rapid mucus buildup. A puff cough can expand your lungs. It helps you cough up mucus without straining your lungs or tiring you.

3. Deep Breathing 

Deep breathing is a great lung capacity workout. This prevents oxygen from being trapped in the lungs, allowing normal breathing.

4. Pursed Lip Breathing

This lung capacity-boosting breathing method helps relax and release trapped air from the lungs, relieving dyspnea and problems breathing. 

5. Simhasan

Get on all fours with crossed ankles. Spread your fingers and palms front of your knees. Keep your eyes open and breathe deeply. Pull your tongue down to your chin as you open your mouth.

6. Rib Stretch Breathing 

Stand tall and exhale fully. Then slowly inhale to fill the lungs. After 10–20 seconds, or as long as you can, exhale slowly and return to a comfortable position.

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