Breathing Easier If You Have Asthma

breathing exercisesIf you have asthma, then you know the feeling of not being able to breathe very good at times.

There are triggers that can bring on an asthma attack such as strong smells, mold, pollen, and pets. Sometimes it is hard to avoid these.

When asthma attacks, your chest starts to close and you begin to make wheezing noises, trying to get more air.

Panicking can be an easy thing to do, especially if having asthma is new to you.

Breathing exercises will help you to relax your body, therefore relaxing your chest. They will calm you down, and your asthma attack will not seem as bad.

Having Enough Oxygen

There are times when you probably take your breathing for granted, until your asthma starts to act up. Breathing Exercises can give you a clearer mind, and you will feel more relaxed.

Sometimes your body does not get enough oxygen. If you will look at your fingernails, you can tell by their color, if you have had enough oxygen in your body or not. Fingernails that are a bluish color mean your body needs more oxygen.

Exercising for Oxygen

A great exercise that is easy to do and is not strenuous to your body is:

  • Make sure your body is in a comfortable position.
  • Let your shoulders relax and make sure your head is in line with your spine
  • Inhale your breath to let your lungs fill up with as much air as possible
  • Inhaling should be done through the nose not the mouth
  • Feel your abdomen pushing outward
  • Hold your breath for a moment
  • Exhale slowly
  • Relax and repeat once again

You should repeat this exercise for at least five minutes. In time, you will be able to feel the difference. This simple exercise will make you feel a lot better.

Relax Body and Mind

It is important that you learn to relax your whole body, when you have asthma. Here is a relaxation exercise that will not only relax your whole body, but it will also help you to breathe better. You can actually take yourself into relaxing. What you will do is this:

  • Lay comfortably on your bed or floor
  • Tell yourself that you are going to relax
  • Start at the top of your head and relax your head
  • Relax each arm, one at a time
  • Relax each hand, one at a time
  • Tell your fingers to relax, one at a time
  • Move on down your body and relax your torso
  • Relax your legs, one at a time
  • Your feet need to be relaxed, one at a time
  • Finally relax each toe one at a time

Repeat this exercise when you feel an asthma attack starting, or when you feel yourself getting into a stressful position. You will be amazed at how calm you will feel and how you are breathing better, when you practice these exercises.

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