• Nasal Breathing 92% 92%
  • Restorative Sleep 85% 85%
  • Increase energy 87% 87%
  • Better Performance 90% 90%

Nasal Breathing for Performance

Warming up properly and stretching are not the only things that help an athlete improve performance. Breathing is absolutely key in obtaining better results. If the whole body is not properly oxygenated, it will quickly reach limits that can result in shortness of breath, stiffness, side aches, even injuries.

The role of nasal breathing is to maintain the naturally balanced circulation of air in the body. Proper circulation will provide enough oxygen to the muscles. Oxygenated muscles have more endurance and recuperate more quickly.

For optimal air circulation, it is important that the pharyngeal pathway be cleared. The shape of the Functional Activator was designed to optimize the opening of this airway. The Functional Activator does 3 things: it propulses the mandible (lower jaw) towards the front, it keeps the tongue in a high position next to the palate, and it maintains a certain distance between the two jaws. 
These three conditions combined release the muscles and soft tissues of the throat, thus promoting the passage of air.

How can The Functional Activator Improve My VO2 MAX?

VO2 MAX is a term used to gage sports performance. It refers to the maximum volume of oxygen that can be consumed by an organism. Measuring this volume makes it possible to assess the potential, the performance, or the endurance of an athlete. This is why breathing and lung capacity are so emphasized and sought after by specialists and sportsmen. In VO2 MAX, the letter V represents the volume, O2 means “Oxygen” and MAX means “maximum”. It is not immutable and can therefore be improved.

Several factors are likely to cause a person’s VO2 MAX to vary, with genetics being the first. Lung capacity, the ability of the alveoli to capture oxygen and any other genetic metabolism, as well as the weight of a person, play a significant role in this physiological measure. Any excess, whether it is being overweight or having too much reduction in lean mass, is harmful for the VO2 MAX. Finally, lifestyle must also be taken into consideration, as smokers often have a low ability to capture oxygen.

In order to assess its respiratory potential and to increase it if necessary, a VO2 MAX calculation must be performed. This calculation can be done, for example, through a VO2 MAX hospital stress test, or the Cooper test (a test that is performed during a race for a specified time).