Sunday, 18 February 2018

Shallow Breathing vs. Deep Breathing

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Although the average human lung capacity is about 6 liters of air, we typically inhale much, much less. In fact, it’s amazing how little of our lung capacity is routinely used. This can be described as shallow breathing, or chest breathing. Shallow breathing is a self descriptive term, and may be caused by poor posture, stiff muscles, or simply inactivity. The majority of the breathing we do is shallow breathing. After all, it’s just not feasible to be heavily huffing and puffing all day. However, when shallow breathing is the only type of breathing you do, you’re utilizing a small fraction of your lung capacity and doing your lungs a disservice. Shallow breathing lets stagnant air and pollutants accumulate in the depths of the lungs and may lead to fatigue, respiratory sluggishness, and diminished tissue function.
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