How To Properly Breathe With Your Belly

breath1Belly breathing also known as abdominal breathing, deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing is a great way to relieve stress. It can also help calm you when an anxiety or panic attack occurs.

Most of us take shallow breathes using muscles of the upper chest, neck and shoulders.

We hold in our stomachs and do not use our diaphragm when we breathe.

Breathing in this fashion does not allow your muscles and brain to receive all of the oxygen needed. The lower lungs are most effective at transferring oxygen.

If you notice babies breathe with their entire body. For some reason this method of breathing does not last as we start to grow beyond babyhood. As we get older we lose elasticity in our lungs and tend to breath even less deeply.

Shallow breathing can expose us to dangers of developing pneumonia or other lung infections. Shallow breathing can lead to poor digestion, increased blood pressure, lack of sleep, fatigue and lack of mental focus.

When you engage in belly breathing you will breathe from the bottom of your lungs or from your abdomen.

breathing-exercise-to-lose-belly-fat-breathin-L-IhQUD6Belly breathing can be done sitting, standing or lying on your back. If you are sitting or standing to engage in your belly breathing you want to have good posture. Proper posture will help put more air into your lungs. Sit or stand up straight.

You want to calm your mind and relax before starting your belly breathing exercise.

To start your belly breathing exercise you want to first exhale. Getting rid of the air in your lungs will allow you to take a deep breath. You can release the air in your body by sighing.

Place one hand flat on your abdomen with your thumb level with your navel.

With your mouth closed inhale deeply and slowly through your nose. If you are inhaling correctly your abdomen will rise pushing your hand up. You chest should only rise a tiny bit. You could visualize your belly as a balloon you are inflating. You may want to count starting at one as you inhale

After you have inhaled fully pause for a little while and then get ready to exhale slowly through your mouth by pulling your belly in. You want to take twice as long to exhale as your did to inhale. That is if you counted to 5 while you inhaled then you want to count to 10 while you exhale.

You do not want to breathe too quickly while belly breathing as this can make you feel lightheaded.

You can repeat the belly breathing exercise several times. Eventually you should learn to automatically breathe more deeply on a regular basis.