Lung capacity

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Jan 7, 2014 3:28am
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I'm trying to build up my lung capacity but I can't run do to knee problems.

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223 Posts
Jan 7, 2014 4:47am
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It is impossible to increase your lung capacity. Lung capacity is genetic, mostly correlated with your height.
07 Jan
Yes, but vO2 max can be improved, which is essentially the same thing.
07 Jan
No, not really. Lung capacity is the size of your lungs; VO2 max is how much air you take in per minute, which can be increased by deeper, more frequent breathing.
07 Jan
I recognize that, but from a functional perspective it would have a similar effect. When most people say they want to improve their lung capacity, what they really want is to improve their vO2 max. Being able to process more oxygen from the same amount of air feels like having a larger vital capacity.
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30 Posts
Jan 7, 2014 5:26am
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Try doing interval training on a bike. You should see similar cardiovascular responses with less stress on your knee.

07 Jan
Thank you Stephen.
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49 Posts
Jan 7, 2014 6:18am
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I'm a trained singer and have a few lung exercises that we use to build up our lung capacity.  One is to take a deep breath in and then slowly make a hissing sound releasing the air from your mouth. You keep releasing the air until you run out. Like a tire slowly leaking air, see how long you can go. Do this at least once a day and if should help! :)
07 Jan
Thank you Meagan
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