- Before you start this exercise don’t drink or eat for a couple of hours as this will put extra pressure on your body.
- Lie down flat on your back, knees bent and feet flat down on the bed or whichever surface you are lying on.
- Breathe in through your nose (with your mouth closed) to fill your lungs half way and hold your breath for a few seconds.
- As your stomach rises inhale further so your ribs rise too giving you full lungs without feeling the need to strain.
- Breathe out with your mouth wide open making a smile and show off all your teeth both top and bottom rows.
- Make the ‘haaahh’ sound (don’t use your voice to make this sound just by heavy breathing.)
Breathing to Relax
Breathing is something we used to relax all the time whether it is obvious or not! ‘Count to ten and take deep breaths’ is a phrase you hear so commonly when wanting to calm someone down. It is a skill and a secret in the sporting world used to relax anywhere and everywhere, whether it is before a big swimming race, just in training or when to trying to wind down and rest. Want to give this a go yourself to relax your body and feel better? Try this easy and simple breathing exercise to give yourself that sense of calm when you need it most.