Just breathe. We’ve heard this all of our lives in different scenarios but do we really know how important it is to breathe properly? We’d like to list some senior breathing techniques that can be used by seniors (or anyone really) and their benefits.

Proper breathing can totally transform the way you feel. It’s something we are constantly doing yet can become unaware that we are. It’s just one of the factory-installed functions of our body that is essential to life.

How well we breathe can affect many things.

These include:

  • energy levels
  • mood
  • strength
  • sleep.

When we aren’t breathing effectively our blood isn’t being oxygenated enough and can negatively affect the way we feel. So take a moment and take a breathe. Your body will thank you for it!

The National Institute of Health states that controlled breathing is beneficial for seniors. Even caregivers of seniors can benefit. Using breathing techniques can relieve stress. You could set aside some time with your senior each day and do it together!

Deep and comfortable breathing is crucial to relaxation and feeling calm. The core of meditation, yoga, and hypnosis all revolve around breathing. That says a lot to the powerful potential in which this can make you feel!

Living depends on breathing. It is the one thing we know how to do when we are born. It is the first thing we do on our own.

Many people don’t breathe sufficiently enough throughout the day even though nothing is stopping us. It just takes a little focus and the difference can be immediate. We have an unlimited constant supply of oxygen at all times so why not dig in!

What are the senior health benefits of breathing properly?

  • Lower stress level
  • Better digestion
  • Increased awareness
  • Less inflammation

What types of breathing techniques are there?

The following is a list of breathing exercises that are great for seniors:

Complete Breathing

A simple breathing exercise designed to relax you. Great for beginners.

Humming Breathing

Same principles of complete breathing except making a humming noise as you exhale.

Chinese Breathing

This breathing exercise originates from Tai Chi. It’s more advanced than the others but a lot of fun.

Diaphramatic Breathing

This technique is best practised lying down and involves concentrating and moving the diaphram while inhaling and exhaling.

Feet Breathing

Great for when you want to clear your mind and relax. It’s equal parts breathing exercise and relaxation technique.

Buteyko Breathing

This method is valuable to those with breathing problems such as asthma. It can help quell the symptoms of an asthma attack or manage rapid breathing with anxiety attacks.

Will all of these benefits, why not give one tecniue a try and see how you feel? Let us know which one you like best!

For a complete description on each technique we encourage you to take a look at the original article in the link below. Give one a try! You’ll be glad you did.

via 6 Breathing Exercises for Older Adults – Kendal at Home