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It’s Smart to Make Breathing Exercise a Habit, Say Experts at Independent Living, Assisted Living Senior Community Near Staten Island

Staten Island, N.Y. – The Villas of Manalapan suggests you take some time every day to focus on beneficial breathing techniques.

Here’s why: Most people, due to normal stress, typically breathe very shallowly, taking short and quick inhales and exhales. If you are feeling particularly stressed, your breath will be even further affected.

However, there is some very good news: The more an individual can slow down and deepen breathing, the better it is for health and well-being, posit health and wellness experts at the luxurious, near-to-Staten Island, healthy-living apartment community for seniors.

Deep breathing can reduce stress, improve energy, induce feelings of relaxation and calm, and improve your mood, so it’s wise to take a few moments each day to turn your attention to your breath and practice breathing exercises.

There are many different types of breathing exercises. Abdominal breathing, or “belly breathing,” for example, improves blood flow to the brain and activates relaxation signals. You can practice this breathwork in only five minutes, as it fits nicely into a morning routine, a midday break, and in the evening before bed.

You may also find moments in your day to incorporate it in a positive, habit-forming way, as when first getting into your car, or prior to exiting; stopping at a red light, or relaxing during a break at work. 

To help guide you toward an effective breathing exercise, health and wellness experts at The Villas are sharing the following steps:

  1. Get comfortable. You don’t need to necessarily be laying down or in a serene setting, because it’s beneficial to be able to replicate the breathwork in different settings. 
  2. Place one hand on your abdomen near your navel, and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Inhale through your nose to the count of four. First, feel your chest rise, and then your belly as it fills with air.
  4. Slowly exhale through your mouth to the count of four; feel your belly lower as the air leaves, and then your chest as it lowers. You can even gently contract your abdominal muscles to help completely release the remaining air in the lungs.
  5. On the next breath, inhale and exhale to the count of five; and extend each breath by a count of one, until your breath has lengthened and deepened.
  6. Find a comfortable number of this deep breathing and repeat for five cycles or so until you feel completely relaxed. 

About the Villas of Manalapan

Situated on seven wooded acres in Manalapan, N.J., a short distance from Staten Island, N.Y., The Villas is a luxurious senior apartment community reflecting the ambiance and accommodations of a world-class resort. Offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of its residents, the complex – orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health – is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention, and ideal for singles and couples alike. The upscale 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Providing for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh environment. The Villas is located at 289 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. For information, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via, and visited online at


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