Improve Your Lung Capacity

One of the main benefits of regular exercise is that it improves your cardio vascular fitness, giving you a higher lung capacity and helps your body to be more efficient in the way it is able to get oxygen to your lungs. In the same way as you complement fitness training like running with gym sessions to improve strength, it also makes sense to do exercises that are specifically designed to improve your lung capacity.

exercises to improve lung capacity

exercises to improve lung capacity

Exercises to improve your lung capacity don’t typically need a lot of expensive equipment – although you can buy tools that increase resistance – in fact, many of the best exercises to increase lung capacity are simply ways of breathing that expand your lungs more and help you hold more oxygen.

Here’s some simple breathing exercises you can do to improve your lung capacity quickly:

Deep Breaths

Simply breathing more deeply is a good way to start exercising your lungs.


Exhale completely and stretch your chest as much as possible by relaxing your abdominal muscles to pull down your diaphragm and spreading your arms to remove any compression.

Breathe In:

Take a really deep breath in up to the point where your lungs feel totally full,  but still relaxed.  This will probably be about 80% of your actual lung capacity.

Hold Your Breath:

Relax all your muscles and close your eyes, and begin to count in your head.  Stay relaxed and hold your breath for as long as possible.  Count steadily – you’re not trying for a record, just allowing time to pass.

Breathe Out Slowly:

At the point where you feel uncomfortable, breathe out.  It’s tempting to force out the air as hard as possible, but try and control the exhale.  Make a TSSSSS-ing sound like a balloon going down to maintain the speed of the release.


Repeat the above 3-5 times and you’ll find that you’re able to hold your breath for longer each time as you expand your lungs.  Over time these exercises will help to improve your lung capacity and improve your aerobic performance when doing cardio-vascular exercises like running, swimming and cycling.