Breathing for Health

Posted in Blog by bporte
3 Aug 2013

The way you breathe affects your whole body. Our cells need oxygen to survive and if you don’t breathe properly you rob your body’s potential for optimal energy and function.  Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension, and relieve stress.


It takes just minutes to focus on breathing techniques. You can do them anytime during the day if you feel stressed or on edge. If you practice these methods routinely, you will notice over time that you’re handling the day better, your blood pressure is lower and overall your body is more in balance.


Try this simple exercise:


– Sit it in a chair with your back straight.  If you need to, use a towel or small pillow at the base of your back for support.

– Feel the air come into your lungs and go out of your lungs. Try for several breaths to make your breathing as slow, deep, quiet and regular as possible.

– As you continue to focus on your breathing, try to exhale completely, pushing all of the air out of your lungs. You will need to use the muscles between the ribs to do this.

Inhale very slowly and fill your lungs back up with fresh air.


Relax your face and mind. Let everything go!


Francie Demitrovic

Certified Trainer and

Specialist in Senior Fitness