Whether you are suffering from a lung condition such as asthma, or are recovering from a respiratory illness, breathing exercises can make your lungs more efficient. One exercise to try is a Belly (or Diaphragmic) Breathing:
- Start by breathing in through your nose. Pay attention to how your belly fills up with air.
- You can put your hands lightly on your stomach, or place a tissue box on it, so you can be aware of your belly rising and falling.
- Breathe out through your mouth at least two to three times as long as your inhale. Be sure to relax your neck and shoulders as you retrain your diaphragm to take on the work of helping to fill and empty your lungs.
If practiced regularly, breathing exercises can help rid the lungs of accumulated stale air, increase oxygen levels and get the diaphragm to return to its job of helping you breathe.