• Exercise and lung function
    Exercise,  Professional

    Can exercise improve your lung function?

    Aging may cause significant changes in human pulmonary dynamics. Age-related changes in pulmonary function are related to both structural and functional factors. These changes include increases in the stiffness of the costovertebral joints and decreased chest wall compliance which induces kyphosis and increases work of breathing (Robergs & Roberts, 1997). Respiratory muscles decrease in resting length causing a decrease in maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV) which can indicate abnormal respiratory mechanics (Robergs & Roberts, 1997). Additionally, weak abdominal muscles may play a role in ventilation during physical activity as they are recruited during heavy breathing (Baechle & Earle, 2008). Lung tissue is altered with aging. There is changes size in the…