Breathing deeply, using the diaphragm muscles below your lungs, has various health benefits. These include:
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:
Quote of the day
Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life.
Giovanni Papini, author