Elderly Breathing Exercises for Seniors

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Breathing Exercises

It is important to think about a few things when breathing, especially with exercise, in order to prevent injury and bring oxygen to all our cells.

First, do not hold your breath. It is not uncommon for seniors hold their breath when exerting force when exercising.

Secondly, correct breathing improves our intake of oxygen.

Shallow breathing can limit our ability to take in oxygen, and discharge carbon dioxide.

When performing deep breathing exercises, it is important to use correct posture when sitting or standing.

Sitting with your spine aligned in neutral, your ribs lifted, your shoulders back and down, allows your lungs to work at peak performance when exercising.

As air comes in, the lungs need room to expand. Correct posture helps the ribs to accommodate the lungs and increase our pulmonary capacity.

Below you will find sitting and standing deep breathing exercises to perform.

These exercises are designed to increase  your awareness of breathing and train your body to correctly breath when exercising.

Correct breathing involves relaxing your upper body while bringing the air in all the way down to your belly.

This will fill your lungs from the bottom. Watch the video below and follow along! Happy breathing.

Purpose of these exercises

  • Improve your respiratory health.
  • Helps clear the lungs of toxins and pollutants.
  • Increases your energy by improving the oxygen levels in your lungs.

How to do it

Step 1 Sitting Breathing Exercise

Breathing sitting

  • Sit comfortably in a chair.
  • Place your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your belly.
  • Inhale so that your right hand rises. This is chest breathing which uses the upper lobes of the lungs.
  • Then inhale so that your left hand rises.This is abdominal breathing which uses the lower lobes of the lung.This is the preferred method of breathing in order to maximize the benefits of exercise.

Step 2 Standing Breathing Exercise

Breathing Standing

  • Stand placing both hands on belly.
  • Take a deep breath in and expand your belly.
  • This is lower lobe deep breathing.

Step 3 Rib lifting Exercise

Rib Lifter

  • Stand with your arms crossed at the wrists in front of your waist.
  • Breathe in as you raise your arms overhead.
  • Relax and breathe out, lowering your arms. Repeat 10 times.


  • Remember to maintain correct posture when sitting and standing.
  • Keep your spine in a comfortable neutral position.
  • Lift your ribs up and bring your shoulders back as you exercise.

Take it up a notch

  • Try exercising outside in the fresh air whenever you can.

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Leave a Comment:

Margerate Couhburn says December 6, 2018

Couch Doug I think you’d enjoy this image. https://2.imimg.com/data2/WK/NF/MY-770139/ball-250×250.jpg

marlene says July 19, 2018

just found this and am very grateful for your help. I have lung fibrosis and am on oxygen. I am attending pulmonary rehab classes which are due to finish soon. I was looking for exercises to build up my muscle loss after being laid up for most of last year due to a very badly broken ankle and then a heart attack.

    Coach Doug says July 19, 2018

    You are welcome! Start slowly and gradually build up your endurance and strength. Good luck.

Anonymous says November 29, 2016

How about meditation for seniors? I volunteer at a local hospital leading meditation for seniors. There are few resources about the mediation and seniors. I was really wishing your page would have some information. 🙂

Sebastian peter says March 16, 2016

I am 86, and suddenly realized I needed proper exercising. I stumbled on your page and I feel blessed. This is invaluable for me, and thanks for your effort . Wonderful.

    Doug Schrift says March 16, 2016

    You are welcome. Remember to start slowly at first and then gradually build up your strength. You will get there!

    Anonymous says September 22, 2016

    These are wonderful excercises. Thanks for your efforts.

rita@joanrita.plus.com says February 14, 2015

would like your free e book but the place to enter my e mail address will not take it.wot can i do??

    Doug Schrift says February 18, 2015

    Go to the ebook page and enter your information.

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