Take this short test from CHealth to find out about your breathing habits. Breathing is for the most part performed unconsciously, regulated by our autonomic nervous system. The stresses of life start to impact our breath from the moment we become aware of the world around us. If we do not diaphragmatically breathe through life, stress is imprinting on the body all day long. According to CHealth bad breathing habits can deny your body of the oxygen it needs and leave you vulnerable to illness and stress.
Take this short quiz to see if you’ve developed bad breathing habits.
Time yourself for one minute, breathing as you normally would, and count your breaths. How many breaths did you take in one minute?
A. 14 to 16
B. More than 16 or fewer than 14
Place one hand on your upper chest. Put the other hand on your belly above your waist. Breathe in slowly through your nose. What do you feel?
A. The hand on my belly moved up, and the hand on my chest stayed put.
B. The hand on my chest moved up, and the hand on my belly lowered.
Repeat the steps from number 2 and then breathe out slowly through pursed lips. What do you feel?
A. The hand on my belly lowered.
B. The hand on my belly moved up.
Breathe as you normally would. Are you…
A. breathing in through your nose?
B. breathing in through your mouth?
If you answered “A” to most of the questions, you’re a healthy breathing pro! (You are breathing from the diaphragm). Healthy breathing habits help to keep your body properly oxygenated and working efficiently. If you answered “b” to any of the questions, you could use some breathing lessons. Bad breathing habits can leave you vulnerable to infections and make it harder to deal with stress.
Test From: http://chealth.canoe.ca/channel_section_details.asp?text_id=4211&channel_id=40&relation_id=25176