A new research suggest that a 5-minute breathing workout may be of benefit to the heart and brain health.
The technique which is called ‘Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training’ was tested in a clinical trial by a group of researchers led by Daniel Craighead, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Integrative Physiology.
Craighead and his colleagues presented the preliminary results of their research at the annual Experimental Biology conference, which this year takes place in Orlando, FL. It is revealed that a technique can boost cognitive and physical performance, as well as cardiovascular health.
The research also suggest that the technique might improve blood pressure, lower heart attack risk, boost cognitive ability, and enhance sports performance — all while barely having to move.
The IMST technique involves inhaling through a resistive hand-held device called an inspiratory muscle trainer. Its creators initially developed it for people with respiratory problems such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, or cystic fibrosis, or to wean people off ventilators.
Also, in 2016, a 6-week trial on the effects of IMST on obstructive sleep apnea — during which participants performed 30 inhalations per day — revealed that using the device also lowered systolic blood pressure by 12 millimeters of mercury.