If you’re a smoker, we’re sure you’ve had days when you wake up with a chest congestion, cough, a sore throat and all the other horrifying things that make you want to quit immediately. But, as the day progresses, you give in to temptation and end up smoking.
If you’re trying to quit (good on you, if you are), these breathing exercises will help speed up the process by cleansing your lungs. Scroll down to know more…
This is one of the most basic breathing exercises taught in pranayama—it operates on the principle of belly breathing. When we breathe daily, we only take the air to our lungs and release it out. The idea here is to breather deeper such that oxygen reaches the belly.
Sit comfortably on a chair; make sure your back is straight. Place your palm on your abdomen. As you breathe, ensure that your hand moves up and down. This exercise ensures more and more oxygen reaching your body. Repeat 10 times.
Pursed lip breathing
This exercise will help improve your lung function.
Take a deep breath and make sure your lungs are filled completely. Then, purse your lips as though you’re whistling and breathe out slowly. Don’t force the breath out; just ensure it’s a slow, comfortable breathing out process.
Hold and release
Take a deep breath and ensure your lungs are filled completely with oxygen. Make sure you count in your head till 4 when you do this. Then, hold the breath in for about 6 counts. Release slowly in one breath ensuring all the air you took in is released. This exercise is commonly done in yoga pranayamas.
Performing the coordinated breathing exercise will help oxygen reach your muscles and tissues. When we exercise, we often tend to hold our breath at certain times. If you’re performing a basic exercise, let’s take squats for example; take a deep breath in when you begin the squat. When the exercise reaches at its most difficult point (when you’re actually squatting down), release your breath slowly through your mouth. This exercise is extremely important for smokers—especially when you’re trying to quit.
In addition to performing these breathing exercises consciously every morning, try making deep breathing something that you do normally during the day. The first few days will be a conscious effort, but you will get used to it slowly. It’s all about inhaling thoroughly and taking in as much oxygen as you can. These exercises are surely a step in the right direction when you’re trying to quit smoking!