Healthy Computing: Breathe As You Reach

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Most people hold their breath when they reach forward to pick up the phone or retrieve a document from a shelf. Breath holding tends to stiffen the trunk, tighten the shoulders reduces flexibility and increases the risk of injury. To increase flexibility, Breathe as You Reach.

How to Breathe as You Reach

Begin observing your breath patterns during movement and reaching. Begin exhaling and while continuing to exhale reach for the object such as the phone or document. To remind yourself to breathe during movement, whisper “Haaaaaah” very softly as you exhale-allow the exhalation time to be nearly twice as long as the inhalation time.

Practice many times until it is automatic. After integrating breathing with reaching, most people report feeling more flexible and comfortable.


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Written by Erik Peper PhD

Explore Wellness in 2021