Pursed lips breathing is excellent for people with COPD. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it can help to accomplish the following:
- Reduces how hard a person has to work to breathe
- Releases air trapped in the lungs
- Promotes relaxation
- Reduces shortness of breath
To practice pursed lips breathing, close your mouth and breathe in through your nose while counting to two. Purse your lips as you would to whistle or blow out a candle, and slowly breathe out through pursed lips while counting to four. Try practicing this four to five times daily.
Pursed lips breathing can help you to perform strenuous activities, such as walking upstairs.