Breathing Exercises – Improve Lung Functionality in these tough times

We as Arthritic Warriors are aware building & maintaining muscles can be only done through our regular exercise regime.

This week we just concentrate on LUNG HEALTH !

Our prime concentration should be on the muscles in the neck, chest and the diaphragm. The part between the ribs is another vital area.

Regular exercise pattern will keep our lung health at its optimum peak.

Overall Oxygen delivery levels get more efficient.

I have been practicing breathing exercise for the last 15 years… and I clearly remember my trainers spelling this loud and clear …Out with the old, stale air and in with new fresh air.

That’s the theme of the two most useful breathing exercises—pursed lip breathing and belly breathing which I have been practicing … will discuss in detail in my next update…

Why Breathing Exercises Can Help Arthritic Warriors!

Around eighty percent of inhaling and exhaling is done by our diaphragm. We are all aware the diaphragm is a thin skeletal muscle that sits at the base of the chest and separates the abdomen from the chest.

When you inhale, your diaphragm contracts (tightens) and moves downward. This creates more space in your chest cavity, allowing the lungs to expand. When you exhale, the opposite happens — your diaphragm relaxes and moves upward in the chest cavity.

When you are ill with an ailment that impacts the lungs, this elasticity can be affected. Often, air is not fully expelled in this case and stale air builds up in the lungs leaving less room for the diaphragm to contract and bring in fresh oxygen. The body will attempt to compensate by using other muscle groups, but this can only do so much and overall oxygen levels decrease.

Hence, we as Arthritic Warriors need to indulge ourselves in regular breathing exercises which can greatly assist in helping lungs shift the accumulated stale air, increasing oxygen levels and ensuring the diaphragm can work efficiently.

Next update will be on the common two-tier breathing approach …Watch out!

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