During this difficult time, there is a lot of information out there, we thought it would be useful to filter and sort the data and put it into a series of useful Tools and Tips, in the form of a “COVID Toolkit. We’ll be sharing our COVID Toolkit over the next few issues of Bandstand and making it available on our website.

We all know that COVID affects our Respiratory system, meaning our lungs and our breathing, so we thought we would start this series with a selection of top tips and daily practices to keep the respiratory system as healthy as possible. 


Physical and mental health are in fact a single system constantly communicating and influencing each other. Our Breath is the greatest tool to influence our Health and ultimately how we behave and live.

  1. The average person breathes in the equivalent of 13 pints of air every minute and takes 17,000 breaths per day.

  2. “Breathing Air” is actually not a good description of what happens when we breathe. Air is made up of almost 79% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, and small amounts of elements like helium, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen.

  3. Inhaled air is made up of 16% oxygen, 4% carbon dioxide, and the same 79% nitrogen. Our lungs swap around 4-5% oxygen for carbon dioxide.

  4. Our lungs exhale almost half a litre (0.42 L) of water every single day. Factor this number into your hydration requirements.

  5. Most people can hold their breath for a maximum of 1-2 minutes but in 2010 Stig Severinsen from Denmark held his breath during a free dive for 22 minutes. That’s the power of controlled breathing.

  6. The lungs are the biggest waste removal engine in the body, accounting for the removal of 70% of body waste in the form of carbon dioxide in the air we exhale.

  7. Psychologists have found that breathing practice is effective in fighting anxiety, depression, and stress. Physiological evidence has indicated that even a single breathing practice significantly reduces blood pressure.

  8. Mouth breathing can change your face. Researchers found differences in the facial developments of children that breath through their mouths compared to children that nose breathe.

  9. Your emotions change the way you breathe. Research has shown that our breathing pattern can influence the emotions and thoughts we experience

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