Delhi Air Pollution: Try these effective breathing exercises for strong, healthy lungs

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Lately, with a thick cover of smog spread over Delhi and the NCR, the capital is faced with the problem of severe air pollution yet again. As reported by the PTI, the Air Quality Index (AQI) in Delhi stood at 401 at 3 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2018. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered ‘good’, 51 and 100 ‘satisfactory’, 101 and 200 ‘moderate’, 201 and 300 ‘poor’, 301 and 400 ‘very poor’, and 401 and 500 ‘severe’.

Breathing in such conditions is considered to be harmful to the body. Everytime we breathe, lungs work hard to keep our body filled with oxygen and purify the air we breathe. These spongy organs naturally filter out harmful elements from the environment to some extent.

To minimise the harmful effects of air pollution in our body, we can opt for some breathing exercises to keep our lungs strong, healthy and clean.

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Kapalbhati

The popular breathing exercise has several health benefits. Right from purifying the respiratory system to reducing belly fat, it has a lot of benefits. Just sit right up and take a deep breath and then exhale rapidly. Repeat this at least 15 times.

Anulom-Vilom

It is mainly done to improve the performance of our lungs and clean its airways to obtain more oxygen. It is basically a slow version of alternate nostril breathing.

Pursed lips breathing

Pursed lips breathing is a breathing technique that consists of exhaling through tightly pressed (pursed) lips and inhaling through the nose with the mouth closed. It helps in strengthening the functioning of the lungs.

Tiger breathing

Vyaghrah Pranayama, also known as tiger breathing, is a great breathing exercise which helps in opening up the lungs and expanding the breathing capacity. It is good for breathing ailments such as Asthma.

Padhastasana

For this asana, stand straight, bend your knees slightly and fold your torso over your legs. Now hold your right elbow with your left hand and vice versa, forming a square with your arms and let your head and neck hang freely. Relax and breathe deeply in this posture. It is a highly effective way to avoid pollution related infections, especially sinus-related ones.

Are you going to incorporate these breathing exercises in your daily routine? Let us know in the comments below.

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