Take a moment to breathe deeply — it's good for your health
Monday, 7 September · 1 min read

Breathing deeply, using the diaphragm muscles below your lungs, has various health benefits. These include:

  • lowering your blood pressure
  • reducing your heart rate
  • increasing how much oxygen is in your blood
  • relieving stress
  • improving core stability

But daily life can make this hard to practice, particularly if you spend large parts of your day sitting down — as slouching can encourage you to take shorter, shallower breaths instead.

And if you get into a pattern of shallow breaths instead of taking deeper ones, your upper body muscles can become tense and weaken.

So it's worth taking the time each day to pay attention to your breathing.

To practise deep breathing, make sure you’re sitting comfortably and do the following:

  1. Breathe in slowly through your nose using your diaphragm and count to 2. If you do this correctly, your tummy will expand and your shoulders won’t rise.
  2. Breathe out slowing through your mouth and count to 4.
  3. Repeat for 5 to 10 minutes.
Quote of the day

Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life.

Giovanni Papini, author

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