How to Increase Lung Capacity for Swimming

It is inevitable that you will end up feeling exhausted while swimming for endurance. That's because of oxygen deprivation, which causes fatigue. Your body continually demands more air and breathing is a tough act while practicing this sport. Below you can find some tips to help you breathe more effectively.

One of the best ways to increase your lung capacity for swimming is to use the AIRWAAV Endurance Performance Mouthpiece. This mouthpiece has been developed for the sole purpose of increasing the performance of endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists, rowers, and of course, swimmers. Continue reading to learn some tips for increasing your lung capacity specifically while swimming and to learn how the AIRWAAV Endurance Performance Mouthpiece helps you do so.

Tips to Increase Your Lung Capacity While Swimming

  • Breathe Correctly
    You need to know which stroke you will be using because each stroke requires different breathing methods. For example, when doing the front crawl or freestyle stroke, you'll want to breathe in every third stroke and breathe out over the next three strokes. When doing the sidestroke, you want to breathe in during the glide.
  • Kicking
    A proper kick will also help you increase your lung capacity while swimming. The way to reach your goal is to kick lightly. The faster you kick, the more oxygen you use up. If you notice a splash from your kick, you're not doing it right.
  • Breathing Techniques
    There are three breathing techniques to help you increase your lung capacity.
    1. Take a deep breath before going underwater and hold your breath as long as you can.
    2. Take shallow breaths that don't fill up your lungs entirely, working your lungs out in a different way.
    3. Finally, if you are an experienced swimmer, you can increase your lung capacity by swimming up to 25 feet maximum without filling your lungs with oxygen. This can be dangerous and should only be done by experienced swimmers. After going this distance, you must give yourself 30 seconds to recover before repeating.

How can my mouthpiece help me increase my lung capacity for swimming?

The AIRWAAV Endurance Performance Mouthpiece was developed and perfected over 15 years by Dr. Dena Garner, a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Assistant Provost for Research and Policy at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The mouthpiece is the most efficient way of opening the airway and optimizing performance while swimming or performing other endurance activities.

The AIRWAAV mouthpiece is made of our patented Vistamaxx material, which you mold to the specific shape of your bite. This helps keep the mouthpiece in place during vigorous workouts as well as keeping it as comfortable as possible. It's made up of a bite plate, form-fitting bars, and an intake bar.

When you wear the mouthpiece, you keep your tongue under the intake bar, which is located in front of your lower teeth. At the same time, you gently clench your molars on the intake bar. These two actions work together to flex your tongue, opening the airway and improving the O2/CO2 exchange. This results in a lower respiratory rate due to a decreased production of lactic acid. It also causes a reduction in the production of cortisol, which allows your muscles to recover more quickly after intense workouts. This all works together to increase your lung capacity for swimming over time using the AIRWAAV mouthpiece.

Where can I get the best mouthpiece to increase my lung capacity for swimming?

AIRWAAV believes that endurance athletes work harder and make more sacrifices so we do all we can to support them. That's why we've developed the AIRWAAV Endurance Performance Mouthpiece, which increases your airway opening by up to 25%, reduces your respiratory rate by 20%, and reduces cortisol buildup by up to 50%. Order the best mouthpiece to increase your lung capacity for swimming today and experience the benefits it provides!