Exercises to Increase Lung Capacity Steps to Follow

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Specialty: Chiropractic

Randall Holmes graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College in 1990 with outstanding academic recognition. He is a member of the International Chiropractic Association, The Chiropractic Society of Texas, an... more

Exercises To Increase Lung Capacity

Warm Up

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A warm up is necessary before doing any exercise.So, let’s warm up before starting the exercises to increase lung capacity.

  • Head Tilt (left and right) – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Head Nod (up and down) – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Neck stretch
  • Arm circles – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Shoulder circles – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Waist circles – 1 set of 10 reps
  • Bend over and touch toes – 1 set of 5 reps
  • Calf raise – 1 set of 20 reps
  • Interlock your fingers, extend your hands forward and pull your shoulders back.
  • Slow spot jogging – 1 set of 20 reps

Now you are set and can start the lung exercises. Here’s what you must do.

2. Rib Stretch

This exercise is all about breathing through the lungs so that your ribs expand and contract as you inhale and exhale. This also trains your lungs to inhale the maximum amount of oxygen. There’s a step by step description of how you stretch your ribs, but you can also watch this video.

3. Numbered Breath

This exercise will help you if you are suffering from COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) or just want to increase your lung capacity. Following are a video and a step by step description of this highly effective breathing exercise.

4. Oriental Breath

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Oriental breath is yet another breathing exercise that helps the lungs work efficiently and optimally. It can also help you lose weight. Here’s a video demonstrating it.

5. Pushing Out

Pushing out is a super powerful breathing exercise that increases the capacity of your lungs to absorb oxygen. Here are a video and a step by step description of how to do it correctly.

6. Lung Strengthening Pranayama

Anulom-vilom is a pranayama that can help improve your lung capacity. Doing it correctly can be challenging in the beginning, but practice will make you perfect. Here’s a video to guide you.

10. Workout At High Elevation


20 minutes every day.

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These were the 10 lung capacity increasing exercises. But I have few more points to add. Take a look.

Warnings And Precautions

Many people feel they do not need to increase their lung capacity until the time a simple and short exercise like playing with their kids or running with pets tires them and leaves them breathless. They can now do these exercises to increase their lung capacity and enjoy their leisure time with their loved ones without experiencing shortness of breath and fatigue.

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