Running: Lung Strengthening Exercises Part 2

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Las Vegas Informer

Enhance your running performance with increased lung strength. Perform general and specific exercises to built robust lungs. Run harder for a longer distance with a healthier respiratory system.

Train hard using multi-purpose and specialized exercises to increase lung strength. Running: Lung Strengthening Exercises Part 1 contains information about how aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise and several types of exercises strengthen the lungs. In Part 2, I described specific breathing exercises that build lung power.

Normal breathing: Practice normal breathing until it is second nature. Focus on the movement of your diaphragm. Start in the supine position, advance to seated and standing positions. Exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation.

Deep breathing: Practice deep breathing. Place your arms an inch wider than normal and retract your scapulas. Relax your face, mouth, jaw and neck. Expand your ribcage while inhaling through your mouth for two to three seconds. Exhale completely for four to six seconds. Start in a supine position, then seated, then standing. Do not rock your body back and forth.

Deep inhale followed by a slow exhale: Inhale deeply through your mouth and hold for one second. Exhale through an almost closed mouth for ten seconds while pressing your tongue against your lower teeth.

Strong exhale: Inhale fast and deep through either the mouth or nose. Exhale with force as if attempting to blow an object across a swimming pool.

Prolonged exhale: Tape a piece of masking tape to your finger. Inhale slow and deep. Hold your finger six inches in front of your eyes. Exhale for eight seconds attempting to keep the tape moving.

Blowing up balloons: The ribcage and lungs receive a tremendous workout from blowing up balloons. Lung strength and endurance is developed by blowing up several balloons in sequence.

Pool exercises: Execute exercises in a pool to build powerful lungs. Water exercises are strenuous. For safety reasons always perform water exercises with a partner.

Standing submerged: Practice normal breathing and deep breathing while standing in neck deep water. Blood shifts to the chest cavity while the water compresses the chest. Breathing is more difficult and the lungs must work harder.

Underwater breath holding: Increased pressure underwater places greater demand on the lungs, diaphragm and ribcage. Going under even a foot increases the lungs workload. Take a deep breath and go under. Hold as long as you can then come up. Immediately take another deep breath and go under. Perform three to five repetitions.

Underwater swimming: Challenge your lungs with underwater swimming. Fill the lungs with a deep inhalation and go underwater. Utilize a modified breaststroke and swim as long as possible. When you need to stop come up, take a deep breath and start again. Perform three to four repetitions.

Less advanced swimmers should take longer rest periods between underwater swims. Alternating between underwater swimming and surface swimming is a good alternative for newer swimmers.

Conclusion: Strong lungs are a huge asset for competitive and recreational runners. Increase your lung strength by developing a training routine that strengthens your respiratory system. Utilize breathing exercises in and out of the pool to develop powerful lungs. Improve your lung strength to thrust yourself to new running personal records and a higher level of fitness.

Dr_Donald_A_Ozello_thumb_medium150_Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic. 8871 W. Flamingo Rd, Suite #202, Las Vegas, NV 89147.  His web address He can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello’s mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is the author of the book “Running: Maximize Performance & Minimize Injuries: A Chiropractor’s Guide to Minimizing the Potential for Running Injuries.” He writes a weekly health, fitness and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. He is published in OnFitness and He has educational health, fitness and nutritional videos on Informer TV, and YouTube.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC proudly handles Standard Process Supplements and Foot Levelers Orthotics.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to numerous groups on the importance of health, fitness, exercise, ergonomics, nutrition and injury prevention.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is a fitness enthusiast. Functional kettlebell training, running and bike riding are his favorite types of exercise.

Before pursuing his career in Chiropractic, Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Bremerton, SSN 698.

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