Looking for breathing and lung strengthening exercise videos

Posted by marianm44 @marianm44, Jul 24 5:02pm

I was on this page several days ago and somehow was led to videos with breathing and lung strengthening exercises. A woman with short grey hair and blue shirt. I don’t remember how I got there. I want to continue these exercises. Anyone know where I need to go. Searches are not getting me there. Thanks.

@marianm44, the videos you're looking for were posted in this discussion:
– Mysterious shortness of breath https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mysterious-shortness-of-breath/

Finding the videos in that lengthy discussion can be a challenge, so I'm really glad you started this new discussion where members can post breathing video that have helped them. I'll get us started with this one:

Pursed lip breathing (American Lung Association)

Have these exercises helped you Marian? How?

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@colleenyoung

@marianm44, the videos you're looking for were posted in this discussion:
– Mysterious shortness of breath https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mysterious-shortness-of-breath/

Finding the videos in that lengthy discussion can be a challenge, so I'm really glad you started this new discussion where members can post breathing video that have helped them. I'll get us started with this one:

Pursed lip breathing (American Lung Association)

Have these exercises helped you Marian? How?

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@gabrielm @merpreb do you have other videos to add?

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@colleenyoung

@marianm44, the videos you're looking for were posted in this discussion:
– Mysterious shortness of breath https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mysterious-shortness-of-breath/

Finding the videos in that lengthy discussion can be a challenge, so I'm really glad you started this new discussion where members can post breathing video that have helped them. I'll get us started with this one:

Pursed lip breathing (American Lung Association)

Have these exercises helped you Marian? How?

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Here is a suggestion from Dr. Weil:
Minimize irritants. Pollution, bacteria, viruses, molds, chemical and gas fumes…all can aggravate your lungs. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter at home to filter out irritants, especially if you have pets. Opt for natural cleaning agents as opposed to ones that may irritate the lungs.
Eat antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. Apples, oranges and tomatoes can nourish the lungs, and the carotenes in carrots, yellow squash and dark leafy greens may help protect against lung cancer.
Exercise. Regular fitness strengthens breathing muscles and improves the respiratory system while adding a detoxifying effect. If you have lung problems, talk with your physician about a fitness program best suited for you.
*****Do breathing exercises. Try taking slow, deep, regular breaths, and extend each exhalation to squeeze out more air. Make this a daily habit.
Stop smoking. Avoid first- and second-hand smoke. Both can lead to all sorts of respiratory damage including lung cancer development.
Clean out your lungs. Drinking pure water can help to rid your lungs of germs, irritants and toxins. Also seek out parks in your area or other outdoor venues where you are most likely to enjoy clean, fresh air at least several times a week – or daily, if possible.

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@colleenyoung

@gabrielm @merpreb do you have other videos to add?

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@marianm44– Good morning and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I'm sure that if you get on youtube you will find lots of breathing exercises. However not one fits all, as the saying goes. Do you have a particular reason for wanting lung exercises? Have you had recent surgery or are recovering from an infection?

I believe that you are looking for this woman:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUu4aBmbhugws2a2VG4EBYw

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@colleenyoung

@gabrielm @merpreb do you have other videos to add?

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Sorry I don’t know of other videos. Any videos I used were part of the Buteyko breathing program which is a paid program.

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Thank you all for your replies. I will continue to search for the exercises I used. (Oh, to have bookmarked them.) They were on an organization page and considered teaching for both patients and professionals. I just happened on them. However, I found them helpful for someone learning to clear mucus and for building strength in lungs and body core to support lungs.

I have Bronchiectasis and was diagnosed with Mac in February. I am really doing well considering. At 76, I have elected not to take the antibiotics unless I become worse. Feel the treatment at this point might be worse than the disease. While continuing with my regular doctors and medications, I’m working with a Naturopathy doctor and seeing improvements. Was hoping to add exercises to my regimen to support breathing and strength. I’m sure there are specific exercises designed for individual needs, but feel these will help me at this time. Meanwhile, I will do what I remember.

Was glad to find this page for information and support. Thanks for your prompt replies.

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It is always a choice as to accepting your doctor's advice. Still you should be your own advocate, making informed decisions as to how to proceed.
We all are concerned with protecting our immune system, which is generally somewhat compromised at our ages. It is a balance at best. I expect that you discussed this choice with your doctor. (I refused a "do it or you will die" order for a procedure last October while in the ICU p I'm still here)
(We all a have a low grade inflammatory problem due to our age, the key is to try to eat anti inflammatory foods to reduce this damaging to the aging process as much as possible.)
Exercise is really the key to protecting your health in the long run. Find a regimen that you can stick to; good luck.

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@marianm44

Thank you all for your replies. I will continue to search for the exercises I used. (Oh, to have bookmarked them.) They were on an organization page and considered teaching for both patients and professionals. I just happened on them. However, I found them helpful for someone learning to clear mucus and for building strength in lungs and body core to support lungs.

I have Bronchiectasis and was diagnosed with Mac in February. I am really doing well considering. At 76, I have elected not to take the antibiotics unless I become worse. Feel the treatment at this point might be worse than the disease. While continuing with my regular doctors and medications, I’m working with a Naturopathy doctor and seeing improvements. Was hoping to add exercises to my regimen to support breathing and strength. I’m sure there are specific exercises designed for individual needs, but feel these will help me at this time. Meanwhile, I will do what I remember.

Was glad to find this page for information and support. Thanks for your prompt replies.

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@marianm44– So the link that I sent you wasn't the one that you had been looking for? What are some of the exercises? Perhaps I can find it with more information?

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After searching internet with every choice I could fine, I went to YouTube where I should have gone first. They were there in my previously viewed or following items. The video is 9 years old, but good Breathing, strengthening chest muscle exercises. They are not NTM specific. The videos are by a clinical pulmonary nurse from Mass.General and Sloan Kettering. I hope combining these with clearing will help me while I’m trying to heal. If necessary, I will McClure more Bronchiectasis/NTM exercises in the future. If you want more information, they came up as “Lung Exercises: how and why we breathe“ is no 1 of 5 short videos. I’m so glad I found this discussion group for any future questions I have. What a great resource!

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@marianm44

After searching internet with every choice I could fine, I went to YouTube where I should have gone first. They were there in my previously viewed or following items. The video is 9 years old, but good Breathing, strengthening chest muscle exercises. They are not NTM specific. The videos are by a clinical pulmonary nurse from Mass.General and Sloan Kettering. I hope combining these with clearing will help me while I’m trying to heal. If necessary, I will McClure more Bronchiectasis/NTM exercises in the future. If you want more information, they came up as “Lung Exercises: how and why we breathe“ is no 1 of 5 short videos. I’m so glad I found this discussion group for any future questions I have. What a great resource!

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@marianm44– Oh, I'm so glad that you found the video that you thought that you lost. Would you mind sharing the link? I think that the video link that I sent was the same woman?

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I tried to share the link but as a new member I cannot share a link. I will try again in a few days v

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@marianm44

I tried to share the link but as a new member I cannot share a link. I will try again in a few days v

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@marianm44, You're right. You will be able to add URLs to your posts in a few days. There is a brief period where new members can't post links. We do this to deter spammers and keep the community safe. Clearly the link you wanted to post is not spam, so allow me to add it for you in the meantime.

This is to the first of 5 videos by Donna Wilson called "Lung Exercises: How And Why We Breathe"

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@marianm44

I tried to share the link but as a new member I cannot share a link. I will try again in a few days v

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@maianm44- I apologize for sending you a lousy link. Donna Wilson's video is the one that I sent but it included all of her videos. Are you doing these regularly? Which ones do you prefer?

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I apologize to you. I thought the video included in the message was for the link. You were correct that the link went to the videos I was looking for. Should have followed the link. I’ve tried to do all of her exercises at least every other day. With COVID isolation I need all the lung and strength building I can do. Thought once I adapted to them, then I’d add indoor bike riding. Think a gradual build up is important especially at my age. I live in a mountain community and there is nowhere to walk without many hills or driving 15 miles. I so appreciate all your help. I’ll try to be thorough in my research next time before seeking your help.

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@marianm44– no-no-no- my fault! 🙂 I saw her years ago on her video. Approximately the same thing is taught, in action, in Pulmonary rehab. Have you done that yet?

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