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Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training, or IMST, is exercising the muscles you use to breathe in. And according to researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder, it could improve your physical and mental health.

This practice involves breathing in vigorously through a hand-held device. The team found that engaging in this exercise for just five minutes a day reduces blood pressure, improves heart health, sharpens memory, and enhances physical performance.

Researchers say IMST is particularly beneficial because it can be done quickly and conveniently. Their hope is that adults will perform this time-efficient exercise and reap the benefits.


University of Colorado at Boulder. (2019, April 8). Novel 5-minute workout improves blood pressure, may boost brain function. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 10, 2019 from

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is the Content Development Manager at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

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