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New research introduces a 5-minute technique that might improve blood pressure, lower heart attack risk, boost cognitive ability and enhance sports performance — all while barely having to move.

The technique is called Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST), and researchers led by Daniel Craighead — a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Integrative Physiology — have tested the technique in a clinical trial.

“IMST is basically strength-training for the muscles you breathe in with,” explains Craighead. The researcher and his colleagues presented the preliminary results of their research at the annual Experimental Biology conference, which this year takes place in Orlando, FL.

IMST 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.

Exercising for the same amount of time usually only lowers blood pressure by half that amount, and the benefits seem to exceed those normally achieved with hypertension medication.

Source: MNT

  1. June 29, 2019

    Great read so far! Preliminary research reveals that a technique called Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training can boost cognitive and physical performance, as well as cardiovascular health. … “IMST is basically strength-training for the muscles you breathe in with,” explains Craighead. Thank you so much and keep posting things like this.

  2. June 30, 2019

    IMST is strength training for the muscles we use to breathe. lowers blood pressure, improves blood vessel health, improves cognitive health, and increases exercise tolerance time. To work out with IMST, people breath vigorously through a handheld device called an inspiratory muscle trainer, which provides resistance. It’s very time efficient and if you try it then it is very much simple to adapt.

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