Wondering how to open up your chest to help you breath deeper? Here are 5 stretches and exercises to help you out:
1. Start by sitting on a stability ball. Walk your feet forward so that you come to a laying position. Keep contact with the ball from your hips all the way to your head. Bring your arms above your head. Take 5-10 deep breaths here.
2. From a seated position bend one are and wrap it behind your back. Keep the other arm straight at your side. Tilt your head towards your straight arm. Hold for 10-20 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
3. Using a strap, pole, or TRX, bring your arms above your head to open up your chest. Slightly twist one way and gently lean backwards. Take a few deep breaths in this position and switch sides.
4. Standing sideways next to a wall, walk one arm down your spine. Keep your body right up to the wall and gently press your weight into the wall. Hold for 10-20 seconds and switch sides.
5. Breathing Exercise:
Start by placing one hand on your stomach and one on your chest. Take 3 deep breaths into your chest – your hand on your stomach should not move while the one on your chest should.
Take 3 deep breaths into your stomach – this time, your hand on your stomach should move while your hand on your chest does not.
Now, breathe so that your stomach expands FIRST and your chest expands SECOND. As you exhale, reverse this order. Your chest should lower first, then your stomach should fall. Try doing this 5 times.