do you lose your breath walking short distances, going up stairs or ramps, or playing with your grandchildren?

We are one of a handful of clinics qualified to treat COPD, Emphysema and other Pulmonary Diseases. One of the best things you can do is wake up and do a series of easy exercises to improve your breathing. With practice, you will notice an improvement and you should be able to do the things you love without losing your breath or feeling tired. This is a special set of morning exercises for people who want to improve their breathing and the function of their lungs.

basic breathing

With your mouth closed breath in through your nose.  Exhale slowly through your mouth with pursed lips like you are trying to whistle or make a “shhhhh” sound. Breathing out should take twice as long as breathing in.

Do this 8 times. Counting each inhale and holding your breath longer each time.

pushing out

  • Standing up with slightly bent knees. Take a deep breath through your nose.
  • Bend down and touch your toes while exhaling through your mouth. Push out all of the air in your lungs (shhhhh).
  • Take a deep breath through your nose & Slowly exhale while you stand up (shhhhh).
  • Now take a deep breath & hold it. Raise your hands above your head.
  • Exhale through your mouth and lower your hands (shhhhh).

chest stretch

  • Standing up take a deep breath and hold it.
  • With your arms straight stretch them back and stick out your chest. Hold for 10-15 seconds
  • Exhale through your mouth slowly and releasing your stretch (shhhh).

5 breath stretch (chinese breathing exercise)

  • Inhale 3 times through your nose.
  • Inhale a 4th time and bring your elbows up to shoulder level.
  • Inhale a 5th time and bring your arms up and out wide overhead. Make a big Y.
  • Release and exhale through your mouth (shhhhh)

belly breathing

  • Lying down with a pillow under your knees. Place one hand on your stomach.
  • With your mouth closed breath in through your nose.
  • Use your hand as a guide fill up your stomach with air.
  • When your stomach is full gently push down & slowly exhale through your mouth (shhhhhh). Breathing out should take twice as long as breathing in.