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Change the way your breathe

Hello Fun Lifers!

Did you know your breathing pattern affects low back pain, tight and immobile shoulders, neck, and hips?

You take around 20,000 breaths per day or 30-60 breaths per minute. You inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, which are essential for life. If there is dysfunction every time you breathe, movement dysfunction will follow.

Here are some common signs of breathing dysfunction:


Mouth breathing

Upper chest or shallow breathing

Inability to take a deep and satisfying breath

Use these simple breathing exercises to fix your breathing patterns and optimize your strength, aerobic capacity, sleep, posture, stress response, and more!

Crocodile breathing

Lay on your stomach with your forehead placed over your hands, both palms down, hand over hand. Relax your chest and arms. Inhale deeply through the nose expanding through your ribs, belly, and hips. Feel the abdomen push into the ground and the breath move past the chest into the stomach. Pause briefly, then exhale for 4-6 seconds, then repeat. The air should expand in a 360-degree fashion into the abdomen.

Practice 10 crocodile breathes every day

Nasal breathing all day

Noses are for breathing, mouths are for eating. Mouth breathing is synonymous with an emergency, activating the fight or flight response. Physiologically, mouth breathing activates the upper chest and nose breathing activates the abdomen. Nasal breathing is synonymous with relaxation and the parasympathetic nervous system.

Practice these exercises daily and notice your overall health improve!

Be strong.

FL Team

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