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A 21-year-old male asked:

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? to further assist me with my daily running?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- i've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff?

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