Breathe for Good Health

Deep-Breathing Exercise for Stronger Lungs

If you’re not sure where your diaphragm is or how to get air into it, try this:

1. Lie flat on your back.

2. Place your hands flat on your stomach, just below your rib cage.

3. Take a deep breath, pulling the air as deeply into your stomach area as you can. (If your hands rise as you breathe in, you are getting air down into your diaphragm. If your chest rises, you aren’t bringing the air in deep enough.)

4. Exhale fully, pulling your diaphragm inward on the exhale.

This is a good exercise to help you learn how to breathe properly and also expand your lung capacity. And once you understand the concept of bringing air fully into your diaphragm, you can begin applying it to your own P.A.C.E. workouts.

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