mel collie | How many times a day ?
If I asked you what movement or exercise you did the most per day you might say that you walk a lot, or that you sit a lot because of your job and that prevented you from exercising as much as you would like to..But you wouldn’t consider that breathing is the most common movement pattern we perform everyday – we all breathe about 25,000 times a day…thats a lot isnt it?
Many of us breathe shallow quick breaths, and maybe because of sitting, injuries, fear, anxieties, our breathing changes,our rib position affected, many a section of our rib cage that doesnt move as effectively as the other side for example.
Rib mechanics can easily be checked and altered in a matter of seconds.
However, without doing an assessment on you personally, heres what you can do to help your breathing improve:
Lie down on your back, knees bent, pillow under the head so you are comfortable.
Place one hand on your belly, between the navel and the pubic bone.
Place the other hand on the part of the upper chest by the collarbone, as you breathe see which hand moves first.
Is it the top hand?
For most of us it is as we use the smaller shoulder and neck muscles to breathe, instead of utilising the diaphragm
Now imagine the lower hand is a heavy book, use the tummy to push the book up to the ceiling as you breathe in, and lower it as you breathe out, no need to suck the tummy in, just breathe.
Practice for 10 breaths, 4 times a day, without squeezing your bum or clenching you jaw or moving your shoulders off the floor.
The diaphragm is an often overlooked muscle in training but s simple breathing exercise can bring it back to life simply and effectively to help improve posture, balance, strength and confidence.