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Benefits to the lungs

Posted: July 3rd, 2006, 10:14 am
by jgp5500
Hi all:

I received a double-lung transplant a little over 6 years ago. Since then, I've become very active and exercise a lot. I started running late last year and improved my lung function a bit.

My question: do you think rowing requires a stronger breath than running?

The last couple of indoor rowing sessions, I've really tried to develop some rhythmic breathing.

Thanks.

Posted: July 6th, 2006, 10:48 am
by Heaviestuser
I think that running requires a stronger breath.

Because you 've to keep yourself upright. :lol: I've been gasping while running, but have not while rowing.

Good luck !

Posted: July 6th, 2006, 4:12 pm
by RowtheRockies
jgp5500,

I think that both running and rowing would be equally as effective for strenghtening lungs. Both allow you to get your breathing up as high as you want to go. I think the advantage of rowing is less wear and tear on the joints and you get some upper body work to boot.

I just changed my mind. Rowing may allow you to strengthen your lungs more. I can row at a higher intensity more often than I can run at a high intensity because I can recover quicker rowing due to the no impact aspect.

Rich