Many individuals take the ability to breathe for granted. The only time you truly ever think about breathing is when you are having problems doing it. Start paying attention to your breathing right now, and you may discover that just your upper chest moves slightly with each breath, causing you to take in shallow breaths.
Breathing serves two essential functions in our body. One reason we breathe is to bring oxygen into our body to oxygenate our cells which is vital for life. The 2nd function of breathing is to get rid of contaminants and waste items from our body through exhalation. Shallow breathing leads to oxygen malnourishment to your body’s cells. As an outcome of this absence of appropriate oxygen you will experience indicators of premature aging, minimized vitality, and your immune system will not function successfully.
Learning to take deep breaths has lots of wellness benefits. A few of the benefits to deep breathing are:.
- Anxiety decrease.
- Lymphatic System Stimulation (the lymph system is accountable for eliminating toxins from your body).
- Increased oxygen to the brain makes you feel more energetic and clears your mind.
- Lung Capacity increases, becoming stronger, and healthier.
You have probably been breathing shallowly for much of your life, so when you first start implementing these techniques, you may feel a little light headed or strange. This is just because you are not use to the rush of fresh oxygen into your system. Once you practice deep breathing for a few days, you will readjust to the increased oxygen flow; and begin to discovering all the benefits of doing these tasks on a regular basis. Take these couple of minutes for yourself each day and discover just how much better you feel.
- Fundamental Deep Breathing Technique – Sit up directly, with your feet flat on the floor. Unwind your shoulders, and place your hands on either side of your abdomen. Inhale slowly with your nose, drawing your breath initially into your abdominal areas to fill and broaden it; and then up into your chest. When exhaling, contract your abdominal areas first, followed by your chest. Repeat 3-4 times. Do this exercise numerous times throughout the day.
- Power Breathing Method – This is one of my preferred breathing exercises. With this breathing technique you will follow a pattern where you breathe in for one count, hold for 4 counts and exhale for a count of 2. You will breathe in gradually with your nose to the count of 5, drawing your breath first into your abdominal areas, and then up with your chest. Next, you want to hold for a count of 20, before exhaling all the air out of body to a count of 10. You want to start slow, and work your way up to 10 breath reps, 3x a day – morning, noon, and night.
- Alternative Breathing Method – Start this “me-time” by sitting comfortably outside (yes even if it’s cold) and being in a relaxed state. Inhale deeply through your nostrils, filling your belly, and your lung to capacity with outside air for whatever count make sense for you throughout this exercise, and hold your breath for the same amount of time.Part your mouth slightly, and fully exhale, again for the original count that you picked, and experience all your cells eliminating all their toxins, totally clearing your yourself of all concerns. Begin holding your breath again, with the same count you selected earlier in mind, and focus on the present moment, and what you feeling now within yourself, your body, and your cells. As you hold, anticipate the feeling of new energy rushing in with this new breath just seconds away. Fully take pleasure in the emptiness, the happiness of expectancy. Continue on with this pattern for 5 minutes during the first few weeks, and then lengthen it to ten minutes, or more when you feel you are ready. During your session, ideas will come flying in, sometimes one right after the other. Your job is to be grateful for them, and focus on your breathing. This will help to quiet the mind, so as to fully enjoy this time of stillness during your breathing reflection. Return to your breathing, to your awareness of moving air energy throughout your being. The whole process should take at least ten minutes, and preferably longer to reset your system, and get you ready to deal with the chaos and crisis the day usually brings. Some folks actually fall asleep during this crucial rest period. If it happens to you, not a problem – it only helps in making you whole again. if the body wants some rest, give it some.
Why go through all this? Here are 6 reasons why:
- California University’s studies on deep breathing have found that it can help burn up to 140% more calories than riding an exercise bike. So, if you jumped on your stationary bike and rode that for 30 minutes, you would’ve burned off ab out 100 more calories just by doing a deep breathing session.
- Your body’s excess must be combined with oxygen before it can released as waste from your body. In other words, deep breathing can help to, literally, melt the fat away.
- Numerous studies have shown that oxygen helps to remove waste from the body – the same waste that will be stored as fat otherwise.
- According to the latest research, over 70% of a human lung is never used throughout a person’s lifetime. This underutilized organ is the key to your weight loss.
- Increase oxygen intake increases the metabolism – just like more oxygen increases the heat and intensity of a fire, that is exactly how the excess fat stored in your body will melt away with increased oxygen in your system.
- A key ingredient in helping our intestines absorb the nutrients from our food is oxygen – improve your health by allowing your body to work at full capacity.
Schedule your deep breathing sessions just as you would schedule important company visits. Reserve a minimum of two 10 minute segments of time everyday; although you can start with 2-5 minutes segments if you prefer. Recognizing yourself enough to set up time with yourself is the first action in understanding stress. Tend to your relationship with yourself first, and your relationship with others will be enhanced and deepened accordingly.
I suggest you try these simple deep breathing methods to improve your physical and psychological health, before casting a judging eye their way. Deep breathing is a cost-free, painless way, to improve your health and get immediate advantage from this easy process. It simply needs a dedication of a couple of minutes a day of your time to focus on, and develop, a brand-new routine of deep breathing. Once you practice deep breathing for a few days, you will adjust to the enhanced oxygen flow; and begin seeing all the perks of doing these techniques on a routine basis.
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