Oxygen is the most critical fuel in keeping the body running properly. If we are not breathing in an efficient manner, we simply won’t perform as well in any part of our lives. In this article, we’ll go over some of the top tips for how to breathe better and improve everything from stress management to chest pains.
In this article:
- Tips and Tricks for How to Breathe Better
- Breathing Methods
Tips and Tricks for How to Breathe Better
Here are some general tips and tricks you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve respiratory flow.
A breathing-focused meditation regimen will do wonders for your breath. Learning to be mindful of how you are breathing is calming, so it is conducive to long, restful meditation sessions.
At first, your breathing muscles will work much better only while you are actively thinking about your breath. After a few good sessions, though, mindful breathing will begin to become second nature. You’ll be able to breathe more mindfully without even thinking about it!
Laughing is essentially like a workout for your lungs and vocal cords. Cardiovascular expert Jennifer Ryan says that “laughing is a great exercise to work the abdominal muscles and increase lung capacity” and that “It also clears out your lungs by forcing enough stale air out that it allows fresh air to enter into more areas of the lung.”
So watching a lot of stand-up comedy is not a bad idea.
When you breathe, breathe in all the way. When you exhale, do the same. This “100% in, 100% out” breathing won’t come naturally at first, but you’d be surprised how quickly your body becomes used to it.
Several of the techniques in the “breathing methods” section below are especially helpful with this tip.
Recent studies have shown that singing is the key to learning how to breathe better. Like deep breathing, it works out your lungs and enables them to control airflow more precisely.
The best singing exercises for breathing involve breathy phrases with many vowels that make you open your mouth wide.
Singing also has a lot of other health benefits.
Water acts as a lubricant for the throat and keeps the mucous layer on the walls of the lungs thin, both things that help air move in and out more smoothly.
Drinks other than water, including acidic drinks like coffee or sugary drinks like soda, actually end up making the throat even dryer. Stick to natural H2O.
Your posture is of utmost importance. Maintaining a completely vertical passageway from your lungs to your mouth will ensure your breath moves as quickly and effortlessly as possible.
Work Out Your Core
Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to improve respiratory muscles is through straight-up exercise at the gym.
Focus on your core muscles, which are in charge of pulling in and pushing out a breath. Here are some strength exercises specifically focused on the core.
Join a Breathing Club
Believe it or not, there are clubs specifically for people who want to improve their breathing like the American Lung Association’s Better Breathers Club. Most people who join clubs like this suffer from lung conditions that make breathing more difficult, but some people are there just because they want to improve their general health by learning to breathe better.
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Even if you are breathing correctly in your daily life, some targeted breathing exercises make your respiratory process even smoother. Here are a few of our favorites.
All of these should be performed in a clean air environment free of airborne allergens. Each exercise begins with sitting down in a position where your back is straight.
The Sitali breath method focuses on mindfulness.
- Extend your tongue (don’t force it) and curl up the two edges, so your tongue forms a half-tube shape. If you’re unable to do that with your tongue, purse your lips.
- Inhale through your mouth.
- Exhale through your nose. Exhale for just a little longer than you usually do, but not enough to make it feel forced.
- Keep breathing in that fashion for five minutes.
This one promotes healthy respiration by teaching your body to make inhales and exhales steady and even.
- Breathe in through your nose. While inhaling, count to three in your head.
- Immediately as you reach the count of three, breathe in through your nose. Again, count to three in your head.
- When you reach three, repeat these steps. Keep breathing for three seconds in, three seconds out for 5-8 minutes.
This is possibly the most essential breathing exercise to master because it makes sure you are using your lungs correctly.
- Place your hand palm-down over your belly button.
- Breathe in deeply through your mouth, and make sure all the air goes to your belly instead of just your chest. It should push your belly outwards, making your hand rise.
- Breathe the air out through your nose and repeat for 5-8 minutes.
You’ll be amazed by how much your overall health and well-being improves when you begin breathing correctly; the change is almost immediate.
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