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Inspirational Muscle Strength Training (IMST) is designed to improve the performance of muscles involved in breathing inward, which is known as ‘inspiration’. This can aid you in exercise, ultimately improving your physical fitness. Breathing exercises, in general, are good for your mood and emotion management.
While standing or sitting up straight, purse your lips and breathe in fully.
While your lungs are filled, pull your shoulders back and move your arms outward, to widen your diaphragm. Then breathe out.
Repeat 25-30 times.
If you become light-headed, IMMEDIATELY STOP this exercise and return to normal breathing.
Breathing exercises help you be mindful while breathing, which improves your mood and negative emotion management .
Weak breathing muscles require a lot of energy (carried by the blood) to cope with high levels of exercise, meaning more energy is freed up for the rest of the body if these muscles are strengthened. In other words, IMST breathing optimises blood flow around the body by reducing the need for blood in the breathing muscles .
Stronger muscles also reduce the sensation of discomfort during breathing that may prevent you from exercising for longer periods of time .
5-10 times a week
Jean M. Williams