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Pulmonary rehabilitation and breathing exercise

Improve your breathing.

Talk to your doctor about participating in a pulmonary rehab program. It could help you breathe easier.

Pulmonary rehabilitation.

Pulmonary rehabilitation programs vary, but a supervised pulmonary rehabilitation program may include exercise training, education, and behavioral changes.

Your pulmonary rehabilitation program will tailor your training and therapy to your abilities and goals. Once you complete the program, keep exercising and applying what you have learned to maintain any breathing improvement you may have achieved.

Pursed-lip breathing.

Pursed-lip breathing is a simple breathing exercise that can help improve your breathing. It is not a substitute for treatment or formal pulmonary rehabilitation. Before starting this or any exercise, ask your doctor if it is right for you.

  1. Sit upright, and relax your neck and shoulder muscles.
  2. Close your mouth, and breathe in slowly through your nose for a count of two: 1... 2. Just a normal breath will do.
  3. Now, pucker or purse your lips as if you were going to whistle, and blow slowly and gently through your pursed lips while counting to four: 1... 2... 3... 4.
  4. Repeat for a minute or two, or as long as you feel comfortable.

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