Breathing Exercises for Relaxation or COPD – Ask Doctor Jo

(Holding breath). Hey everybody, it’s Doctor
Jo! Today I’m going to show you some pulmonary breathing exercises for things such as COPD
or just to increase your lung capacity if your a swimmer or if your a surfer, if you
want to be able to hold your breath for longer. So let’s get started. So with the breathing
exercises, you always wanna inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. With
your mouth, you don’t want to make kissie face, but purse your lips when you’re breathing
out. So the first thing you wanna do is breathe in through your nose for 2 seconds, and then
your gonna purse your lips and blow out for 4 seconds. Pretty sexy, huh? Now just do that
about 10 times to get the oxygen flowing. Then your gonna start making some movements
with your arms to loosen up the muscles in your chest area as well. So the first one
with your arms moving, bring your hands into clasped in front of you, and you are going
to move at your trunk. So your gonna take in a big breath, and while you are doing your
movements, your going to breathe out. So big breath in, and out. Keep doing that as long
as you are breathing out until you get to the end, and do that 5 times. After that,
then we are going to do the chicken wing. So bring your arms up to your shoulders, and
same thing, big breath in through your nose, and while your breathing out, (circle motions
with shoulders). Makes me feel like I’m at a wedding doing the chicken dance. Now after
all that’s nice and loosened up, you can try some breathing through your diaphragm. That’s
actually breathing in the stomach area, instead of your chest area. A good way to know you
are breathing with your diaphragm, is put your hands on your stomach like this. If your
fingers aren’t moving back and forth, then your breathing up in your chest area. So try
and make your hands move…did you hear that noise? Somebody must be hungry! Same thing,
do that about five times. The very last thing, is a very interesting, kind of embarrassing
one. My brother claims that guys can’t do it, but I think it’s just because he can’t
do it. So what you are going to do, this is going to be a very forceful breathing out.
You are just trying to get all the air out of your lungs, even in the reserved area,
and then once your forcefully get all the air out, your gonna hold your breath and kind
of suck in. It’s going to actually make a little dimple here. So if you are doing it
right, it will almost feel like a vacuum in your throat. So you are going to do this.
Breathe in, and blow out. (Pointing to throat), and hold that as long as you can. When you
let go, it will make a real interesting kind of suction noise, and that’s getting all of
it out. Hold it as long as you can, but since you are on the breathing out, it probably
will only be a few seconds. Oooo, after all that holding and breathing, I feel like I’m
gonna pass out! I hope you don’t feel like you’re gonna pass out. If you have any questions,
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