Walking with the mouth closed

The Mouth Closed While Walking Exercise is an effective and simple technique from the Buteyko Breathing Method. 

It involves walking while maintaining nasal breathing and encouraging calm and controlled breaths. 

This exercise can be particularly beneficial for improving respiratory function, reducing mouth breathing, and promoting overall well-being.

How to perform the exercise

  1. Find a Suitable Area: Choose a peaceful and well-ventilated outdoor space or a spacious indoor area for walking.
  2. Keep Your Mouth Closed: Throughout the exercise, focus on breathing exclusively through your nose. Keep your mouth gently closed.
  3. Start Walking: Begin walking at a comfortable and steady pace. Allow your breath to find a natural rhythm.
  4. Maintain Nasal Breathing: Pay attention to your breath and ensure that you are breathing solely through your nose during the entire walk.
  5. Gentle and Controlled Breathing: Aim for calm and controlled breaths. Avoid taking deep or forceful breaths, and try to maintain a relaxed breathing rhythm.
  6. Stay Mindful: Be mindful of your body and breath as you walk. Be aware of the sensation of nasal breathing and the connection between your breath and movement.
  7. Walk for a Few Minutes: Practice the Mouth Closed Walking Exercise for at least 5-10 minutes, gradually increasing the duration as you become more comfortable.
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Benefits of the exercise

  • Improved Nasal Breathing: This exercise helps in promoting consistent nasal breathing, which aids in filtering, warming, and moisturising the air before it enters the lungs.
  • Enhanced Respiratory Function: By maintaining nasal breathing and avoiding mouth breathing, individuals can optimise their respiratory efficiency.
  • Stress Reduction: Engaging in this exercise while being mindful of your breath can have a calming effect, helping to reduce stress and promote relaxation.s

Safety precautions

  • Stay Comfortable: Walk at a pace that feels comfortable for you. Avoid overexertion or any strain during the exercise.
  • Suitable Environment: Choose a safe and suitable environment for walking, free from potential hazards or pollutants.

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