By Benjamin Acosta
International Health Writer
In celebration of the upcoming Global Airway Health Day this coming October 2nd, below we share the five common situations in our daily life in which we can help our body to breathe better.
1. WHEN DOING PHYSICAL EXERCISE
If you do some sport, when exerting yourself, if the posture makes the neck tense, it can affect breathing. To prevent this from happening, it is advisable to stretch these muscles well before starting–tilting the head laterally, making movements up and down…
2. WHEN WALKING
Going for a walk provides a great opportunity to oxygenate the body. Mark your breath with the rhythm of walking. For example, take air in one step, release it in another two… This way you will better regulate the air, in and out. You have to keep your back straight and your gaze straight ahead.
3. WHEN SITTING
If you spend a while sitting on the chair or sofa, the posture that eases breathing is the one that allows you to support your entire back, ensuring that the spine is fully aligned. It is also advisable to keep your shoulders relaxed.
4. AT THE TABLE
It is common to leave breathing in the background due to the urge to eat. Keep in mind that swallowing food causes a closure of the larynx for a brief instant so that the food does not go into the airway; so you have to stop breathing for a moment. Therefore, eating fast prevents proper breathing, giving our lungs little time to pick up oxygen. If you eat slowly, you will facilitate the arrival of air to the lungs at all times.
5. WHEN SLEEPING
To make the air easier to reach your lungs, use a pillow with a medium height. In addition, the fetal posture is the most appropriate because it facilitates the movement of air within the body.