5 Breathing Exercises for COPD

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Breathe deeply through your nose and count to 2 with your mouth closed. Repeat “Inhale, 1, 2.” in your brain. The breath need not be deep. A normal inhale works.

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Pursed lip breathing

Join your lips together like you're about to whistle or blow out the birthday cake candles. You are "pursing" your lips when you do this.

Fear of running out of air might induce you to hold your breath. Practice synchronized breathing with these two methods to avoid this.

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Coordinated breathing

Deep breathing prevents air from becoming caught in your lungs and making you short of breath. Now you can breathe fresher air.

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Deep breathing

COPD makes lung mucus buildup easier. The puff cough is a respiratory practice that helps you cough out mucous without losing energy.

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Huff cough

When people with COPD breathe, they often use the muscles in their neck, shoulders, and back more than their lungs.

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Diaphragmatic breathing

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