How To Increase Lung Capacity Effectively

By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 11, 2022
How To Increase Lung Capacity Effectively

If you practice sports, especially swimming or yoga, you'll know how important breath control is in preventing fatigue and maintaining energy. However, the face that you have an active life does not necessarily mean that you know how to optimize your breathing. Therefore, at oneHOWTO, we'll provide some handy tips on how to increase lung capacity effectively and get the most out of exercise.

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Steps to follow:

Start by learning how to correctly breathe deeply: take a deep breath with your nose and hold for as many seconds as you can muster. Exhale slowly, leaving no air left in your lungs to ensure that the next breath you take is more purifying.

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When breathing deeply, don't tense your stomach to create more space for your diaphragm to move. Also, open your arms wide to help your thorax to expand more.

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At home you can improve your lung capacity in a simple way: blowing up a balloon. Repeat this process five times to start and, week after week, you'll notice a remarkable improvement.


When doing cardiovascular sports like swimming, aerobics, running, walking or cycling, be mindful of your breathing and work on it efficiently as a tool for increasing energy. If you work on your physical appearance at the same time as your lungs, you'll notice a difference. You'll be able to notice your breathing if you create a routine with music, so you can calculate when to inhale and when to exhale.

Another trick to increase lung capacity during exercise is to increase the intensity of your training session for 30 seconds and about five times per exercise session. You should keep doing this at least twice a week to notice the increase.

Note that doing hard cardiovascular workouts will in itself help increase your lung capacity too.

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And if you play wind instruments, you're in luck! Your lung capacity is better than those who don't and will definitely be reflected in your physical potential when you do sport.


Yoga and Pilates are one of the best exercises for optimizing lung capacity as this practice basically works on your breathing. With this in mind, we recommend you take a look at our articles on how to do transcendental meditation and how to practice Vipassana meditation at home.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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  • It is said that holding your breath while splashing your face with water regularly will also make your body accustomed to holding your breath for longer, thus increasing your lung capacity.

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Having suffered for heart failure for ten years now fluid in the lungs is no joke, it can get a bit better then flare up badly again leaving you unable to sleep or even lie on your back without choking. you are limited to fluid intake though this on its own can lead to kidney and other problems like not cleaning out system urine infections for example a no win situation.
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We are sorry to hear it Wes, but thank you for sharing your insight. We hope you stay well.
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