Breathing-exercises | Spring Chicken

Improve your breathing

Here are some simple exercises to improve your breathing. These exercises are designed to increase your awareness of breathing and train your body to correctly breathe when exercising.

Step 1: Sitting Breathing Exercise

  • Sit comfortably in a chair.
  • Place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your stomach.
  • Inhale so that your right hand rises. This is chest breathing which uses the upper lobes of the lungs.
  • Then inhale so that your left hand rises. This is abdominal breathing which uses the lower lobes of the lung. This is the preferred method of breathing in order to maximise the benefits of exercise.

Step 2: Standing Breathing Exercise

  • Stand placing both hands on belly.
  • Take a deep breath in and expand your belly.
  • This is lower lobe deep breathing.
  • Stand with your arms crossed at the wrists in front of your waist.
  • Breathe in as you raise your arms overhead.
  • Relax and breathe out, lowering your arms. Repeat 10 times.

Step 3:  Rib lifting Exercise

  • Stand with your arms crossed at the wrists in front of your waist.
  • Breathe in as you raise your arms overhead.
  • Relax and breathe out, lowering your arms. Repeat 10 times.

Tips

  • Remember to maintain correct posture when sitting and standing.
  • Keep your spine in a comfortable neutral position.
  • Lift your ribs up and bring your shoulders back as you exercise.

Take it up a notch

  • Try exercising outside in the fresh air whenever you can.

 

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