From the office of Blatantly Obvious, breathing is really important. Your lungs are connected directly to your heart – two of the heart’s four big pipes are connected to it. Blood rushes into the lungs and the lungs infuse the blood with oxygen before returning to the heart to be pumped back throughout your body.
My morning exercise routine consists of twenty to thirty minutes of cardio, and about ten minutes of muscle focus. I can do about thirty minutes of cardio with the normal expectant heavy breathing, sweating, and increased heart rate. That’s fine. It’s when the workout is over, I experience a moderate asthma attack. My lungs feel constricted and I just can’t catch my breath. It’s probably what is known as exercise-induced asthma – something that even pro athletes have.
Back at my heaviest, 316 pounds – I had massive breathing problems. I wheezed most of the time. I had always connected to my smoking or my allergies. I had quit smoking four years ago, and the problems persisted. I switched allergy meeds, and now only have the occasional allergy attack, which is different from my breathing problems. It was the weight.
As I lost the weight, my breathing improved. It’s still not at a hundred percent, as I still have many pounds to shed. But I no longer wheeze and I can have a decent night sleep without waking myself up with violent snoring. But thirty minutes of cardio still takes my lungs about ten minute to recover.
Enter two devices that I bought a long time ago. I never had the discipline to properly use them, but I guess I need to start now.
The first device is volumetric spirometer. You breathe into the device at a steady rate, trying to keep a bobble floating for as long as you can. The second column measures the overall capacity. This will supposedly increase your lung capacity and train your lungs to take longer and deeper breaths, which will supply better oxygen to your blood supply.
The second device is a respiratory exerciser. It looks like a snorkel mouthpiece, but without the snorkel. The idea behind this is that it forces the lungs to work harder in breathing. 25 good breaths a day is what’s recommended. Act like Darth Vader for a few minutes.
Hopefully these will help with my lung power. It can only improve as I lose more weight. I’ve added them to my Amazon store if you’re interested. I bought them a while ago, but like exercising other parts of the body, it requires commitment to a daily routine. I would also recommend to see a respiration therapist or consult a doctor if you are worried about your breathing. I would if I could, but money and insurance are rare these days.
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