In order to win, you need energy and will power. While the latter is all mental, you need energy that can be improved through training. However, that is only possible if you breathe correctly. In order to breath correctly, you will need to use your respiratory muscles. The process of ventilation between air and blood occurs through neurological control of respiratory muscles.
The respiratory muscles are divided into expiratory and inspiratory muscles. The inspiratory muscles contract to draw air into the lungs and inflates the expiratory contract to force air out. The primary respiratory muscles involved in the breathing process are the diaphragm and the external intercostal muscles. Minor muscles engaging in inspiration encompass the sternocleidomastoid muscle, scalene muscle, trapezius muscle, pectoralis major muscle, pectoralis minor muscle, and serratus anterior muscle. These muscles act during forced expiration. Expiratory muscles that do not act in normal respiration but do act in strong respiration include the rectus abdominis muscle, musculus transversus abdominis, external and internal oblique abdominal muscle, and internal intercostal muscle.
Improving your respiratory strength enables you to increase the amount of oxygen inhaled through each breath, resulting in a decrease in energy consumption and an increase in stronger endurance and strength availability. Using the Airofit breathing trainer, you are able to actively increase your respiratory muscles and increasingly develop your strength.
The respiratory system can be trained through respiratory muscle training (RMST) which focuses on the force-generating capacity of the respiratory system. Research has shown that respiratory muscle training strengthens the respiratory muscles and improves your overall ability to perform different activities. Respiratory Muscle Strength Training (RMST) can be defined as a technique that aims to improve the function of the respiratory muscles through specific exercises. It consists of a series of exercises i.e. breathing and others, to increase strength and endurance of the respiratory muscles and therefore improve respiration. The choice of respiratory muscles that are targeted using RMST depends on the outcome desired. For example, if an individual has reduced inspiratory muscle strength due to a neurogenic injury and is unable to ventilate the lungs, then inspiratory muscle strength training may be the chosen rehabilitation target. A weakening of the respiratory system muscles is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and these muscles play a role in reducing the pressure of the lower abdomen during respiration.
Inspiratory muscle training (IMT) is designed to strengthen the muscles used for breathing. By increasing the strength and stamina of your respiratory system, breathing becomes more efficient, requiring less energy, which leaves more energy for the motor muscles and whatever task or activity you are involved in. Therefore, you can take slower, deeper breaths, getting more oxygen out of each breath; you do not need to work as hard, because you do not have to breathe as many times to get the same amount of oxygen. Improved way of breathing leads to efficient gas exchange in the lungs and use of breathing muscles. IMT also increases the blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity and cleans the blood making it more fluid.
These aspects have a great effect on the oxygen transportation from the lungs to the muscles. That results in better oxygenation thus increased oxygen intake and ability to perform better and for a longer time with a bigger effort. Studies show that regular inspiratory muscle training increases endurance during cardiovascular exercise or sports activities such as running and cycling. It is aimed at people who suffer from lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD. However, it is also increasingly integrated as a part of high-performance sports, due to its significant effect and scientific proof.
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