If you’re breathing effectively your breath will be smooth and steady, you should feel relaxed and as though you are getting enough air without straining. In other words, breathing should feel easy and your breath should be quiet. Your abdomen area should expand with each inhalation and contract with each exhalation, you should also feel your ribs expand to the front, sides and back with each inhalation.
The diaphragm is your principal muscle of breathing. A dome-shaped muscle located in the torso just below your lungs, it separates your thoracic cavity from your abdominal cavity. Your diaphragm contracts when you inhale, pushing down into the abdominal area and lifting the lower ribs, this creates space in your chest allowing your lungs to expand into it. The intercostal muscles also help to create space in your chest by expanding your rib cage.
Breathing affects every system in the human body and learning to breathe better will help you live better, and longer. To help you on your journey to better breathing and optimal wellbeing, we have compiled a list of practical tips you can use to help you improve your quality of breathing and life.