Doing a breathing exercise is a proactive step to maintain optimal health. Poor posture compresses the lungs, heart and intestines. This compromises oxygen intake, weakening the cardiovascular system and impairing digestion. It can set you up for more severe breathing problems if exposed to flu, covid or coronavirus. In addition, it is even linked to an increased risk for earlier mortality. In other words, dying younger.
Bad posture also creates problems that go far beyond appearance. It puts uneven pressure on the vertebrae, contributing to chronic neck, back and shoulder pain and disk degeneration. Over time, this creates wear-and-tear on joints and bones. Consequently, you end up with muscle stiffness and fatigue.
In the current environment when people are wearing masks to avoid exposure to Covid19, it’s especially important to take a few minutes each day to focus on a breathing exercise. It’s vital to clear your lungs after wearing a mask all day. While it also increases lung health and lung capacity. Plus, when you breathe deeply you can truly enjoy the relaxing benefits of oxygen. You can do these protective breathing exercises for covid but you certainly don’t need coronavirus breathing symptoms to integrate StrongPosture® strategies for lung health.
Lung Capacity & Poor Posture
Every system is affected by the unnatural compression caused by poor posture. For example, if you’re bent forward compressing your lungs, your lung capacity is reduced. Oxygen is essential to health, and the inability to take a full, deep inhalation means your body isn’t getting the oxygen it needs to stay healthy and energetic. When your body folds forward with poor posture you’re likely unaware that your lung capacity has changed leading to short shallow breaths.
You can improve your ability to take breathe easily by fixing your posture with corrective exercise, changing your sitting, work and leisure habits, and committing to the StrongPosture® program. Making a habit of deep diaphragmatic breaths like we teach in StrongPosture® will soon help you to create new patterns.
Breathing Exercises to Help Lungs
7 Steps to StrongPosture® program incorporates an extremely important step that focuses on breathing exercise. Especially for people with a Forward Head Posture (FHP), it’s common to rely on your neck and shoulders to breath. Over time, the diaphragm, a crucial muscle for posture and overall health, weakens in what’s called Forward Head Breathing (FHB).
The 4th Step “Breathe Strong” takes your through:
- Core Breathing
- Stronger Breathing
- Diaphragmatic Breath + Motion
- Breath Focus
- StrongPosture® Breathing
- Core Breathing + Motion
Bottom Line interviewed health expert Dr. Steven Weiniger about this topic and more as it relates to women’s postural health. Read the Article – Bottom Line Women’s Health
Dr. Steven Weiniger
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