“Pursed-lip breathing” is a convenient breathing exercise that you can do anytime—first thing in the morning, at night before going to bed, or when you are engaged in activities like climbing stairs or bending to lift something.

Here’s how:

To start, sit down comfortably. Relax your neck and shoulder muscles. Then follow these three simple steps:

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1. Breathe in (inhale)

slowly through your nostrils. It doesn’t have to be a deep breath. A normal one will do.

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2. PUCKER UP

“Purse” your lips as if you’re whistling or blowing out a candle.

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3. Breathe out (exhale)

slowly and gently through your pursed lips.

You may want to put one hand on your chest and another on your abdomen as you repeat this exercise.

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