If you’ve been a smoker then you’ve already sabotaged your lungs, maybe the word ‘sabotage’ sounds too harsh, but well that’s reality. There is no way to prevent damage to your lungs, if you are still smoking. But if you have quit, you can use some breathing exercises to strengthen your lungs once again, although complete reversal of smoking damage isn’t possible.
And even those who have never been associated with smoking must try some breathing exercises, to make the lungs strong enough, to endure the polluted air that we live in. the asthmatics can also benefit immensely from breathing exercises. Besides strengthening your lungs, the breathing exercises are also known to alleviate mental stress and restore mental peace.
Try out some different types of breathing exercises, we are detailing out here, and you’re sure to feel a healthy difference in your life.
Sit down in a comfortable position, in which your chest and the diaphragm can inflate and deflate freely. You will need to breathe in short burst rather than taking full breaths. Take in the first burst of air and let it stay in the lungs, then without exhaling take in the second burst and then the third one. Hold the air in your diaphragm for a few seconds before letting it out in one go. Exhale through the mouth instead of the nostrils, and try to squeeze out all the air from your lungs.
For this you must lie down flat on your back, with your hands by your sides. Breathe in slowly and let the breath inflate your abdomen instead of the chest. Breathe in as much air as possible, and then wait for a count of 5 before you exhale. Here again you must exhale from the mouth, and you should try to squeeze in your abdomen while exhaling, to throw out all the air that you breathed in.
Get into a comfortable position and close your eyes. Now as you breathe in try to count four in your mind. For the next count of four you will hold the air in your lungs, and then release it slowly counting four again. After exhaling you again need to count four before taking in the next breath. This breathing exercise is all about completing one breath in four steps, so as to make the breathing more rhythmic. Once you’re able to do it, try to increase the mental count to 6 and then to 8 finally.