There are a series of exercises that can be performed to boost vital capacity. By using the lungs as a tool, it is possible to improve the body’s performance in the short as well as the long term. This is precisely why there is much to be gained from training the breath, especially if we consider the lungs as the "tank" of our body. If our lungs send more oxygen to our muscles, it can help improve our performance not only in freediving spearfishing, but also in any other sport!
Stretching exercises soften the muscles and tendons of the ribcage. In freediving, many of these stretching exercises are performed with the lungs completely full. The truth is that seven to eight weeks of practicing full-lung-stretching can significantly enhance ones lung capacity. This is important because a greater lung volume results in more oxygen in each breath and an improved excretion of carbon dioxide. A larger lung volume also results in the delivery of more oxygen to all the cells, providing a faster recovery of the body after periods of intense work, such as in sports like freediving spearfishing.
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