This winter, don’t forget to breathe! Your body will thank you!

Breathe in… breathe out…

Sounds easy, right?

Did you know that many Americans are not breathing properly? This is largely because of poor seated posture, and unfortunately, working from home through 2020 has not been helping!

Breathing exercises can help with discomfort in your neck, back., and shoulders. Breathing properly also helps bring oxygen to your muscles for less fatigue over your long day.

By just practicing your breathing, you can increase your tolerance to all the activities that 2020 has brought us. These include standing to cook your holiday meals, repositioning your child in front of the webcam for virtual learning, shoveling snow, and walking through the grocery store in search of toilet paper.

It can also help reduce your stress, preventing tension in your neck and shoulder that can lead to tension headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Let’s practice!

Step one: Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor and your back supported. Place one hand on your chest and one hand over your bellybutton.

Step two: Breathe in through your nose, gently as if you are smelling a bouquet of flowers. Send all the air into your belly, so that the hand on your belly button moves away from your body. The hand on your chest should not move.

Step three: Once you have filled your belly with air, let the air come out of your mouth through pursed lips, like a leaking balloon. This should be no more effort than blowing out a birthday candle. The hand on your belly should come back towards your spine. Again, the hand on your chest should not move.

Repeat this exercise for 2 minutes every hour. Then, reset your posture and continue with your day!

If you’re already feeling stiff and sore, Atlas Physical Therapy is here to help. Through a full examination of your posture, muscle coordination, and joint mobility, we can help you find the best exercises – in addition to breathing – to help you keep moving through the cold winter ahead. Contact us today for an appointment!

Stay warm and healthy!

Sincerely,

Atlas Physical Therapy