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Take a breather
- By Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
Breathing exercises can help you counter stressful situations.
Every day, the average person takes about 22,000 breaths. Each inhalation fills the lungs with oxygen-rich air that fuels every bodily function, from your pumping heart to your flexing muscles and everything in between.
Most often breathing follows a smooth, steady rhythm. When you are active, your breathing rate increases to meet the demand for extra energy. But sometimes, normal breathing turns erratic.
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