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Breathing Exercises That Promote Cardiovascular & Brain Health

Breathing is a natural way for seniors to boost their mood and heal their bodies. Your aging loved one can do many breathing exercising without exerting a lot of energy. Here are some of the best breathing exercises that boost heart and brain health. 

Standing Breathing Exercise 

While standing, your loved one will need to place both hands on his or her belly. When inhaling deeply, your loved one should feel his or her abdomen expand. This technique is known as lower lobe deep breathing. This breathing exercise can lower the heart rate and increase blood oxygen levels, which can prevent blockages and blood clotting. Taking deep breaths also calms the brain. 

Some seniors require assistance with breathing exercises or other activities. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Columbus Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

Tai Chi 

To complete this breathing exercise, your loved one will need to take three short breaths. While taking the first breath, your loved one needs to raise his or her arms. For the second breath, your loved one has to pull his or her arms out to shoulder height on both sides. For the final breath, your loved one needs to raise his or her arms above the head. Next, your loved one needs to exhale slowly while lowering the arms back down to the side. Tai chi can lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of a stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. It is a good breathing exercise for seniors with heart issues because it is slow-paced and easily maintained. Learning the precise movements of tai chi can stimulate the brain and keep it active. 

Seated Breathing Exercise 

While sitting in a chair, your loved one will need to place one hand on his or her chest and the other hand on his or her stomach and inhale in a way that raises the hand on the chest. This allows your loved one to exercise the upper lobes of the lungs. Doing seated breathing exercises can increase metabolism and lower stress and anxiety levels, which reduces the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other heart issues. This breathing exercise can bring your loved one’s mind more clarity and insight.   

If your loved one needs help and supervision to perform breathing exercises but you are not available to assist him or her, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Some seniors need occasional assistance at home, and oftentimes the family members who take care of them need time away to run errands, take a nap, go to work, or take a vacation. Columbus, OH, respite care experts from Home Care Assistance are available on an as-needed basis, giving your family peace of mind that your loved one will remain safe and comfortable while you relax or focus on other important responsibilities.

Yoga 

One of the major benefits of yoga is that it strengthens the lungs and the heart. The more oxygen the heart receives, the less work it needs to do. The breathing techniques and movements of yoga can reduce the heart’s workload because there is more oxygen and blood flowing. The long, deep breaths your loved one takes when doing yoga can rid the brain of harmful toxins. As a result, your loved one’s brain can function normally and his or her risk of developing mental illnesses is reduced.

The deep breathing involved with yoga and other exercises can help seniors keep several health conditions at bay. Seniors who want to remain healthy as they age can benefit in a variety of ways when they receive professional at-home care. Columbus, OH, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one accomplish daily tasks, prevent illness, and focus on living a healthier and more fulfilling life. Call us today at (614) 481-8888 and let one of our professional caregivers help your elderly loved one maintain a higher quality of life.