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      I know I have no control over how quickly or slowly my ALS progresses, but I can try to hold off the negative effects that come from long periods of sitting and the shallow breathing that goes along with all that sitting. But the dilemma is – – how to improve my breathing when I can’t go for a walk or jog? When sitting is what I have to work with? It can be done, and here are a few videos that have helped me:

      1. Basic diaphragmatic breathing – – I turn to singing coaches for the best and easy to follow videos on how to practice taking a deep breath. In this video, Breathing for Singing, Felicia Ricci explains and demonstrates the basic technique of diaphragmatic breathing.
      2. In this video, Improve Your Breathing Function and Efficiency, Eric Franklin from the Franklin Method, demonstrates breathing into the upper and lower lungs. (can be done while seated)
      3. In this video, Breathing for Stamina, Cobb from Z-Health demonstrates strengthening the diaphragm using a device called an “Expand-a-Lung.”

      Note: In my blog I write about a similar exercise, using only a plastic tube and a large plastic bottle filled with water. How Blowing Bubbles Helps Me Breathe

      What did you think of the videos? Would you like to try more? Have you tried similar breathing techniques?  Are they helping to maintain or improve your breathing?

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      Kathryn F. Kennedy

      Thanks for the info.  Will pursue!

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