Open Your Airways With These Tips & Tricks

Strengthening your lungs is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Here are a few easy stretches and exercises to open up your airways.

3 Easy Yoga Poses

Yoga is a great form of exercise that is multipurpose. It helps to open your airways, reduce stress and increase flexibility and endurance. Try out these poses as a simple way to boost lung strength.

Savasana (Resting/Corpse pose): Lie on you back with your eyes closed. Focus on releasing the tension from each part of your body starting with your fingers and toes. Breathe deeply in this pose by inhaling through your nose and slowly exhaling through your mouth.

Recommended time: 2-5 minutes

Resting Pose (Photo credit: Everyday Health)

Sukhasana with a twist (Easy pose with a twist): Sit with your legs crossed. Place your left arm behind you and place your right arm resting lightly on your left knee. Twist your body to the left and look over your left shoulder. Repeat with the opposite side. Make sure to take deep, slow breaths in this pose.

Recommended time: 30 seconds – 1 minute

Seated Side Twist ( Photo Credit: Everyday Health)

Bhujangasana (Cobra): Lie on your stomach with your feet and palms flat on the floor. Push your upper body upward from the floor and look at the ceiling. Be sure to keep elbows close to your sides and continue to breathe through the motions.

Recommended time: 30 seconds – 1 minute

Cobra Pose (Photo Credit: Everyday Health)

Breathing exercises from the American Lung Association

Alternatively, if yoga simply isn’t your thing, try these two breathing exercises from the American Lung Association. They can be done daily and can especially help those with respiratory conditions

Pursed Lip Breathing: Breathe in through your nose and breathe out at least twice as long through your mouth, with pursed lips.

American Lung Assc. Pursed Lip Breathing

Belly or Diaphragmatic Breathing: Breathe in through your nose and relax your shoulders and neck. Let your belly fill up and expand with the air you are taking in. Breathe out through your mouth at least two to three times as long as your inhale.

American Lung Assc. Belly Breathing

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