The importance of breathing exercises lies in the fact that the way you breathe affects your whole body. Controlled breathing exercises are a good way to help you relax, reduce tension, and alleviate stress. These exercises help you keep your mind calm, improve focus, and promote relaxation. Physiologically, breathing exercises improve ventilation efficiency, improves oxygenation, and decrease the work of breathing. These exercises are a boon to cardiovascular health as they help in lowering blood pressure and heart rate.
Pursed lip breathing– In this breathing, you inhale slowly and deeply through your nose and then exhale completely through pursed lips, as if you are trying to whistle. This simple breathing technique slows the pace of breathing and help you relax. Repeat 10-15 times.
Diaphragmatic breathing is a type of breathing exercise that aims to strengthen your diaphragm which is an important muscle of inspiration. Lie on your back on a flat surface with your knees bent. You can do this breathing exercise in a sitting position too. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Place hands on your abdomen one on top of the other, just below your rib cage. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and feel your belly rise into your hands. Then slowly breathe out through pursed lips and feel your belly fall back to the starting position. Repeat 10 -15 times.
Rib Breathing-Place your hands on the outer lower part of your rib cage with fingers pointing forward and thumbs pointing backward. Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose and feel your ribs move outward. Then breathe out slowly and feel your ribs flatten. This helps in lateral expansion of the lungs. Repeat 10-15 times.
Breathing exercises should be slow and gentle. Enjoy these simple breathing exercises.
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