If we don’t exhale air with each breath (we keep air trapped inside) and so new oxygen cannot be transferred to blood and to body cells. Natural reflex is to inhale even more air which only worsens the situation.
With Breathing Games you will learn to breathe more efficiently and therefore reduce feelings of breathlessness and achieve better aerobic performance. According to the Cleveland Clinic Medical Centre, pursed lip breathing “is one of the simplest ways to control shortness of breath.”
Did you know? Breathing is the only way to affect your heart consciously. Inhalation accelerates the heart and exhalation slows it down. Exhalation through pursed lips is more efficient and it prolongs exhalation and so it reduces heart rate, reduces blood pressure and increases heart rate variability which means you will get more energy when needed and will preserve energy when resting.
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"Keep using the pursed-lip breathing until the breathless feeling goes away. Rest In between breaths if you feel Dizzy. Give sips of room temperature water."
American Lung Association
“Pursed-lip breathing attempts to prolong active expiration through half-opened lips, thus helping to prevent airway collapse. Compared with spontaneous breathing, pursed-lip breathing reduces respiratory rate, dyspnea, and PaCO2, while improving tidal volume and oxygen saturation in resting conditions."
American Thoracic Society
"Pursed lip breathing is one of the simplest ways to control shortness of breath. It provides a quick and easy way to slow your pace of breathing, making each breath more effective."
“Inhaling through the nose and exhaling through pursed lips makes breathing easier. Pursed-lip breathing can also help you regain control if you’re having trouble catching your breath. You can practice breathing this way anytime, anywhere. If you’re watching TV, practice during the commercials. Try to practice several times a day. Over time, pursed-lip breathing will feel natural.”
University of Minnesota Medical Center
“Pursed lip breathing helps you use less energy to breathe. It can help you relax. When you are short of breath, it helps you slow the pace of your breathing and can help you feel less short of breath."
University of Iowa Children's Hospital