Thursday, 9 February 2012

Exercises To Improve Breathing |

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You may have less energy as your lungs get older. Improve your breathing rate and your ability to breathe easily by performing exercises and practicing breathing techniques. Knowing what exercises to perform can help your lungs and keep you healthier.

Abdominal Breathing Technique

This exercise should be performed with one of your hands on your stomach and another on your chest. Inhale deeply through your mouth so that the hand on your stomach raises higher than the hand on your chest raises. Doing this will make sure that air is going deep into your lungs. Exhale, then inhale deeply through your nose. Hold your breath for seven seconds, then exhale on the eighth second. As you complete the exhale, tighten your stomach muscles to ensure all of the air is out of your lungs. Repeat this breathing exercise once every 10 seconds for five times total.

Pursed Lip Breathing

Sit on the ground while keeping your back straight. Inhale deeply through your nose, then purse your lips as if you were about to whistle. Exhale slowly through your lips. Allow the air to slowly seep out of your mouth rather than forcing it out. The exhale should last three or four times more than the inhale. Repeat this four to five times every day to practice your breathing. This should improve the ventilation in your body, relax your body, relieve yourself of breath shortness and decreases the probability of air becoming trapped in the lungs, according to

Diaphragm Breathing

Lay on your back while bending your knees. Put one hand on your stomach and one on your chest. Inhale through your nose, trying to keep your chest as still as possible. Purse your lips, then exhale slowly through your mouth. When you exhale, allow your stomach to go in as much as possible. Ensure that the hand on your chest remains motionless for the duration of the exercise. This will strengthen your diaphragm, cause you to breathe much more easily and it will require less energy when you breathe.


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