Here are some breathing exercises to keep your lungs healthy!
Something as simple as our breath can work wonders to ease our stress and uplift our mood. Besides, many other significant benefits are associated with various types of breathing exercises. • Deep Breathing: This technique trains you to take longer and deeper breaths. All you need to do is make yourself comfortable in a chair or lie on your back in bed or on the floor. Now rest one hand on your chest and the other on the belly. Inhale and exhale calmly and deeply through the nose, feeling your belly filling in with and emptying out air. • Progressive Muscle Relaxation: This relaxation exercise makes you work on different muscle groups of the whole body. Lie down on the floor and relax with a few deep breaths. While breathing in, tense your feet muscles and release the tension as you breathe out. Now, repeat the technique with the muscles on your calves, thighs, abdomen, fingers, arms, chest, shoulders, neck and face. • Modified Lion's Breath: This technique makes you breathe out with your mouth wide open, as you imagine yourself to be a lion. Sit in a chair or on the floor comfortably. Drawing a long, deep breath, fill your belly with air till you can't breathe more. Exhale through an open, wide mouth producing the sound of "Ahh." Repeat as many times as you can. • Diaphragmatic Breathing: ‘Belly breathing’ or diaphragmatic breathing, this move strengthens the diaphragm that does most of the heavy work when it comes to breathing. Also referred to as abdominal breathing, this technique is the foundation for several relaxation and meditation techniques. It is especially useful for COPD patients whose diaphragm doesn’t function as effectively as it should. COPD patients can consult their respiratory therapist or a pulmonologist about the right technique of belly breathing for best results.
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