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    What is pursed-lip breathing and why is it recommended when exercising?

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    Lung Foundation Australia was established in 1990 by a group of thoracic physicians concerned about the chronic shortage of funds for research work in respiratory … View Profile

    Pursed lip breathing is an example of prolonged expiration breathing, a technique used to control or reduce breathlessness.  The purpose of prolonged expiration breathing is to try to reduce the amount of air trapped in the lungs by breathing out longer than breathing in.

    Breathing out through pursed lips (lips that are closer together than usual, as if you were whistling or kissing someone) creates a smaller opening for the air to flow through, thus prolonging breathing out.

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