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How do you do pursed-lip breathing for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Here's how to do pursed-lip breathing:

1.Relax your neck and shoulder muscles.

2.Breathe in for 2 seconds through your nose, keeping your mouth closed.

3.Breathe out for 4 seconds through pursed lips. If this is too long for you, simply breathe out twice as long as you breathe in.

Use pursed-lip breathing while exercising. If you have shortness of breath, first try slowing your rate of breathing and focus on breathing out through pursed lips.

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Association for Respiratory Care: "Exercising Safely with COPD." 

Cleveland Clinic: "COPD Exercise and Activity Guidelines," "Diaphragmatic Breathing," "COPD Exercise Precautions." 

University of Michigan Health System: "Breathing Exercises."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 31, 2019

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