Day 6: Breathe – Do it Right

Barbara Tritz
· June 6, 2023 ·

2 minutes

Belly Breathing is Proper Breathing

Today’s post is an interactive one. Place one hand on your chest, and the other on your belly. Close your eyes and breathe.

Which hand moves? The one on your chest or the one on your belly?

Are your shoulders rising up as you breathe? Are you trying to hold in your gut?

(And of course, you are using your nose???…)

Chest breathing, where your hand on the upper chest rises is shallow breathing and not healthy breathing.

Keep those shoulders down, and as my aerobics instructor says- “don’t wear those shoulders as earrings”. Unfortunately, as we mature, we forget how to breathe, and start this unhealthy shallow breathing. Lower those shoulders my friends and start concentrating on pushing that lower hand off your belly!

Belly breathing or as it is properly called “Diaphragmatic Breathing” is proper breathing. The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle at the base of the lungs. As you breathe in through your nose, the muscle contracts and moves downward. This creates more space in the chest cavity. This allows the lungs to fill up with oxygen for a full oxygen exchange with carbon dioxide. This slows the heartbeat and can lower and stabilize blood pressure.

Just Breathe

Breathing is so much more complicated than I ever knew. So, now you know a nugget of new information you can use to help you be and stay healthier.

Warmly,

Barbara

Queen of Belly Breathing and lots more information on all things above the neck

Hello, I'm Barbara Tritz

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Loving science, especially biology, from an early age, Barbara is a registered dental hygienist, certified biological hygienist, and orofacial myofunctional therapist. In 2019, she received the Hu-Friedy/ADHA Master Clinician Award from the American Dental Hygienist Association.

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