Eastern cultures use breathing exercises to promote health for thousands of years. Breathing exercises are a simple practice that focuses on your breathing patterns and minimizes distractions from outside sources. There are many different types of breathing exercises. Today let’s learn more about diaphragmatic breathing.
Diaphragmatic breathing helps strengthen your diaphragm, an important muscle that helps you to breathe. It is also known as belly breathing or abdominal breathing. This variation of breathing requires you to lay on your back, place your hands on your upper chest and rib cage, and exhale through pursed lips as you tighten your stomach muscles.
Diaphragmatic breathing is the basis for most meditation or relaxation techniques, which can lower your stress levels, reduce your blood pressure, and regulate other critical bodily processes. There are many other benefits of diaphragmatic breathing which include but are not limited to lower heart rate, coping with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), improve core muscle stability, improve body’s ability to tolerate the intense exercise, lower chances of muscle injury, and slow the rate of breathing so that it expends less energy.
Being stressed keeps your immune system from functioning properly, which makes you more susceptible to numerous conditions. Long-term or chronic stress can lead to anxiety or depression. Stress can be caused by many things, from something small like traffic to something large like financial struggles. Diaphragmatic breathing can help cope with stress. Take deep breaths when you are able to.
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