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Friday MineFit TidBit: The Trouble with Breathing

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, March 24, 2017

Breathe easily this weekend!  

Some troubling recent data has suggested that pharmaceutical remedies are a cure for those who feel they are having a bit of trouble taking a deep breath. But, the reality is, upwards of 85% of physical maladies stem from musculoskeletal issues. (Much more simple to treat, and don’t require drugs!). A tight chest, shoulders, neck, and ribcage can present as a lack of a good breath of air. So, avoid the doctor and just take a few deep breaths — we will help you understand the muscles that make this happen.  

Breathing in Muscles: 

Diaphragm - a domed sheet of muscle below your lung and just above you stomach.
Rib Cage - expands via the intercostal muscles, or those which connect each rib.

Breathing out Muscles: 

Rectus Abdominis - the muscles that cover your belly and help you speak and cough. 
Transverse Abdominis - the muscles which lie below your belly button and help prevent your legs from injury.  

Steps to Taking a Good, Deep, Breath of Air 

(1) Just think about your "normal breath.” How does it feel? 

(2) Now try taking a slow, deep breath. This should take about 5 seconds for the inhale, and another 5 seconds for the exhale.

(3) The air coming in through your nose should move downward into your lower belly. Let your abdomen expand fully, like a buddah belly.  

(4) Now breathe out through your mouth (or your nose, if that feels more natural).  

(5) Pay attention to how you feel when you inhale and exhale normally and when you breathe deeply, and try to balance the two.  

Have a wonderful weekend.  

Your MineFit Head Coach,

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