Posture And Pandemic: Better Posture Helps You To Breathe Better
The Covid-19 pandemic is putting a serious strain on health resources right across the world. If you have been lucky enough to survive an infection, you may find that you have have been left with troubling health problems.
One of the most common problems COVID survivors suffer from is unexplained pains in the body. If you have spent a long time in hospital, suffering from back pain is not unusual. It is a result of having spent many hours in a hospital bed. Your muscles and tendons will have weakened. The end result is often back pain.
How To Improve Posture And Reduce Back Pain
When you come out of the hospital, you have probably been given a long list of do’s and dont’s.
COVID is certainly challenging the medical community. It is even hard to know which conventional treatments are safe. Doctors don’t want to risk lowering your immune system. This is why they are extra careful when they prescribe drugs to COVID patients even when they have recovered.
We still have a lot to learn about this virus and the way it behaves. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer back pain, it is a good idea to turn to more basic remedies. For instance, you will find that something so simple as a posture corrector or posture brace will help to improve your posture.
Exercises To Improve Posture And Breathing
One of the challenges faced by many who have been affected by the virus includes improving breathing once they have been released from hospital or recovered at home.
Even though you may have come out of hospital, you will often find you experience breathing problems and get out of your breath easily.
Needless to say, you will not feel like going out walking or doing other aerobic exercises to boost your cardiovascular system.
However, you can do exercises at home sitting in your chair that will help to make improve your breathing. Doing them several times per day can even help to boost your lung capacity quickly and you will be surprised how easy it is.
Easy To Follow Breathing Exercises That We Should All Do
These exercises are suitable for everybody and anybody who has got a problem with breathing. If you are unfortunate enough to suffer from Sleep Apnea you may want to try the same exercises as they will help you to breathe better.
Yoga practitioners use many different “breathes” to improve their breathing. They all have Indian names that most of us don’t remember. Instead of using the Indian names, we are going to use our own names which will make the breathing exercises easier to remember.
For all of these exercises, you need to sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed or stretched out in front of you. Wearing a posture corrector or posture brace will make sitting easier. At the same time, it will increase the intensity of the exercise.
Yoga Breathing Made Easy
Why is the breathing correctly in yoga important? You may have heard of yoga practitioners talking about the “breath”. The breath in yoga is used to intensify and control the exercise.
The same breaths used in yoga are easy to adapt when you want to improve your own breathing. They may even help to improve common health problems such as snoring. Believe it or not, many people who snore have bad posture.
Yoga Breaths to Increase Lung Capacity
There are many different breathing techniques. We are going to cover the ones you can easily do at home and do not put too much strain on your cardiovascular system. A top tip to do these exercises would be to close your eyes and listen to your breath as you exhale. How strong does it sound?
Also, observe how you feel when you exhale. Do your lungs feel heavy or light? Is it hard to both inhale and exhale?
The Snake BreathThe first thing you need to do is to sit up as tall as possible. Try to take a deep breath in through the mouth. Imagine yourself wanting to fill your entire body with air.
Hold the breath and then exhale slowly through the mouth while hissing like a snake. You can do this by pressing your tongue against the top of your mouth. Don’t rush the exhale, instead take your time. Doing so will help to strengthen your throat muscles.
Repeat about 5 times each time trying to take in more air as you inhale.
The Bear Breath
Once again, stretch through your spine and sit up tall. This breath is more controlled and there is a little bit more technique involved.
To start, breathe in through your nose. While you breathe in, count to five and then count to three holding your breath.
The next part of the exercise is to breathe out counting to five. Listen to the breathe? Does it flow easily?
If you find that your breath does not flow easily pretend you are a bear curled up in your den, You are in winter hibernation and trying to reduce the amount of energy you need to use.
Repeat at least five times and notice the difference. You should feel calmer and more relaxed. Your shoulders may even have dropped down. Great exercise to do when you are having trouble sleeping.
The Bunny Breath
Bunnies are cute little things full of energy. It is now time to get in touch with your inner bunny and fill your body with the energy that only oxygen can provide. Bunnies are alert and that is how you will feel after doing this breath.
Sit up tall like bunnies do when they listen. Take in three breaths in rapid succession. As you exhale, do so in a long breath and move your neck from side to side. Yes, you are looking around yourself just like a bunny. Where is that sound coming from?
Repeat at least five times.
Do wear your posture brace or posture corrector when doing these exercises. They will help to support you and create space in your chest to make breathing easier.
Mediation And Recover
Doing breathing exercises is a form of meditation. However, other forms of meditation can help as well. You may have heard about the Third Eye. This is a place in the middle of the forehead and also a chakra point.
If you have not meditated before, starting with Third Eye mediation is not a bad idea. While you are seated on the floor, check out this video which will help you to heal your body naturally. The instructor has amazing posture. By doing something so simple as practising your breathing you can help to improve your own health and posture.