Body Break Breathe It’s Free
It often takes climbing a flight of stairs, running after your kids or doing a fitness walk that triggers you to notice your breathing. Once you do, you take a few deep breaths and it returns to normal. Changes in your breathing when you are active are expected. However, they can occur without you even realizing it.
Poor posture, tight clothing, stress at work and/or at home, anxiety, anger, excess weight and illness can all have a negative effect on your breathing. Chances are you using less than what your lungs are capable of.
Breathing is something you do automatically. It feeds every part of your body from your vital organs to your brain. Poor breathing habits usually develop over time, therefore, making it necessary for you to make a conscious effort to learn how to breathe properly.
This change will reward you with positive health benefits such as a general relaxed state, lower blood pressure, a clear train of thought, reduced muscle tension and fatigue.
There are even tiny devices such as The Inner Balance Trainer that you connect to your iPhone and iPad to help you with your breathing and reduce stress. But save your money, it is pretty simple to do on your own.
There are sports and activities such as yoga, archery and golf that naturally promote you to breathe deeply (breathing through your nose to fully fill your lungs causing your lower belly to rise then exhale through your mouth).
This will calm your physical and emotional state. In golf, putting when your muscles are tense only leads to a 3 putt! Next time during a round of golf, breathe deeply and slowly exhale before each shot/putt to calm the nerves, relax the muscles and help you to be mentally alert to make the appropriate club selection and course management decisions.
When you walk or run, I’m not a fan of counting how many breaths you take on what step or which leg.
I suggest just trying to keep your breathing as relaxed as possible, feel your diaphragm move up and down and breathe through your nose as much as possible to filter dust particles.
As you go through your day, set aside various times for a Body Breath Break (now try to say 3 times). When you are using your computer, watching television or waiting in the car at a stoplight, repeat this combination.
Lift your shoulders towards your ears as you take a deep breath in through your nose then slowly lower your shoulders as you exhale the air through your mouth.
Another breathing exercise while you are sitting reading your Active Life magazine is to inhale deeply through your nose, quickly blow out the air (like blowing out a candle) continuing to exhale until you have feel you have emptied your lungs then breathe normally.
As you get older, you are at greater risk for breathing improperly due to a buildup of excessive tension, stress, anxiety, poor posture, illness and inactivity.
This can make it difficult for you to draw a full breath. However, with some practice you can regain control over your breathing for optimum health. Remember your body and mind needs oxygen to work at its best.
Until Next Time, Keep Fit and Have Fun
— Hal & Joanne • www.bodybreak.com