Just like the 334 million people worldwide that have Asthma, I struggle to function at times. Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by attacks of spasm in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It is usually connected to allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity.
These reactions cause the airways to become narrower and irritated – making it difficult to breathe and leading to asthma symptoms, such as chest tightness, wheezing, or coughing. It can be life threatening.
- Try breathing through a straw, and you’ll get an idea what asthma can feel like.
As a result of having asthma, and being inspired by famous athletes who are also afflicted with the condition, such as Paula Radcliffe; David Beckham; Mark Spitz, I’ve decided to try to improve my lung function through respiratory training.
In an article published in the European Respiratory Society journal, the conclusion reached in a randomised controlled study was:
(Respiratory training) promoted clinical improvements in all groups, especially the asthmatic experimental group, being an important non-pharmacological option for people with asthma.
To carry out the training, I’ve purchased an Ultrabreathe (no affiliate link) device. This works by restricting airflow to my lungs, thus making it much harder to breath.
Over time, my lung muscles should become stronger. For the next two weeks, I will be taking 50 breaths a day, from my Ultrabreathe. Hopefully I’ll see a significant change.
- I won’t show you a picture of me using my Ultrabreathe, as my wife says it looks rude 🤣