Oxygen Advantage for Asthma

Oxygen Advantage Exercises for Asthma

Living with asthma often feels like navigating through unpredictable weather – you never know when a storm might hit. The struggle for air can disrupt the simplest of tasks, leaving you longing for relief.  Oxygen Advantage exercises are great for asthma relief and management. They expand upon exercises in The Buteyko Method and lead to better respiratory function and symptom management. 

As an Oxygen Advantage instructor with a detailed and personal history with asthma, I want to show you how these exercises could become a key part of your asthma management strategy.

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Understanding Asthma and Breathing Challenges

Asthma, a sometimes debilitating respiratory condition, sees inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This leads to wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can often follow encounters with allergens, pollutants, or stress triggers. 

What most people don’t know is there’s an overlooked contributor – your breathing style. Stress and anxiety frequently lead to shallow chest breathing, which can worsen asthma symptoms by disrupting the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in your body. If you’ve developed bad breathing habits these could be keeping your stuck in a cycle of asthma and breathlessness.

Imagine Sarah, a young professional who loved her morning jogs but was held back by her asthma. Her shallow breathing during the runs only fuelled her symptoms. Oxygen Advantage exercises helped her reclaim her breath and her active lifestyle. She learned to breathe with more control, increase her breathing efficiency, and not overreact to the feeling of air hunger.

Breath practice leads to breath control.

The Oxygen Advantage Approach

Now, let’s dive into the heart of the matter – Oxygen Advantage exercises. You can think of these exercises as a collection of tools designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your respiratory system. They consist of three fundamental principles:

Nasal Breathing: Think of your nose as the body’s natural air conditioner and purifier. Breathing through your nose helps filter out pollutants, humidify the inhaled air, and even warm it before it reaches your lungs. This can be particularly helpful in limiting the impact of airborne triggers.

Reduced Breathing: These techniques encourage you to slow down your breath intentionally. By doing so, you gently challenge your body to adapt to slightly increased levels of carbon dioxide (CO2). This practice can recalibrate your body’s sensitivity to CO2, potentially reducing the likelihood of sudden asthma flare-ups.

Breath Holds: These technique involve a controlled pause after exhalation. By gradually extending the duration of these breath holds, you enhance your lung capacity and train your body to tolerate increased levels of CO2, which, paradoxically, can be beneficial for respiratory function.

Benefits of Oxygen Advantage Exercises for Asthma

So, what can you gain from embracing Oxygen Advantage exercises in your asthma management journey? Let’s dissect the benefits:

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Respiratory Muscle Training: Just like how a runner trains their leg muscles, Oxygen Advantage exercises train your respiratory muscles. This can lead to smoother, more effortless breathing, reducing the strain on your airways during an asthma episode.

CO2 Tolerance Enhancement: The idea of embracing carbon dioxide might sound counterintuitive, but building a healthier tolerance for CO2 can help prevent your airways from constricting. It’s like teaching your body to react less dramatically to triggers.

Nasal Breathing’s Role: Breathing through your nose isn’t just polite; it’s beneficial. Your nasal passages act as natural filters, capturing airborne irritants and germs. This can be especially valuable in reducing the chances of an asthma trigger setting off an episode.

Imagine Mark, a father who used to struggle during family outings due to his asthma. By incorporating Oxygen Advantage exercises into his routine, he discovered that his episodes became less frequent and less severe, allowing him to be more present with his loved ones.

Incorporating Oxygen Advantage into Daily Life

The beauty of Oxygen Advantage exercises lies in their accessibility. You can seamlessly integrate them into your daily routine:

Begin Your Day with Breath: As you wake up, before the hustle and bustle takes over, dedicate a few minutes to deep belly breathing. This sets a positive tone for the day ahead.

Refresh During Breaks: In the midst of work or chores, pause for a few moments to engage in controlled breathing. It’s like giving your mind and body a refreshing reset.

Evening Tranquility: Wind down by indulging in a brief breath-holding session. This practice can set the stage for relaxation and a peaceful night’s sleep.

Children can benefit from breath practice too.

Precautions and Consultation

While Oxygen Advantage exercises can offer potential benefits, they’re not a standalone solution. It’s essential to remember that asthma is a medical condition that requires professional attention. Before embarking on any new exercise routine, consult your healthcare provider. They can offer guidance on how to incorporate these exercises safely and effectively into your asthma management plan.

And find an experienced Oxygen Advantage instructor to teach you how to do the exercises correctly.


In the complex realm of asthma management, Oxygen Advantage exercises offer hope. By focusing on breathing techniques, you’re taking an active step towards enhancing your respiratory function and potentially mitigating the impact of triggers. 

Remember, this isn’t about quick fixes, but about incorporating practices that support your long-term well-being. As you navigate your asthma journey, know that there’s a proven breathing technique that can help you.

If you need help, reach out and book a call and I’ll personally explain how the Oxygen Advantage can work for you too.

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