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Pursed lip breathing

Pursed lip breathing

Overview

How to do pursed lip breathing:

  1. Breath in (inhale) slowly through your nose for 2 counts.
  2. Feel your belly get larger as you breathe in.
  3. Pucker your lips, as if you were going to whistle or blow out a candle.
  4. Breathe out (exhale) slowly through your lips for 4 or more counts.

Exhale normally. Do not force air out. Do not hold your breath when you are doing pursed lip breathing. Repeat these steps until your breathing slows.

Update Date 4/26/2014

Updated by: Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.