For your health
OK, everybody take a deep breath. Did you do it correctly?
Breathe again with your hand on your chest. If your chest expanded, then you did not do it correctly. To do it right put your palms on your lower abdomen. Take a deep breath. If your abdomen expands when you inhale and air seems to flow in deeply to the pit of your stomach, you are doing it correctly.
Learning to use breathing techniques for even brief periods of each day can bring a new sense of internal balance to your body. Breathe in for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of two, then slowly exhale to the count of four. This is called rhythmic breathing.
We normally breathe 20,000 times a day. If you can take only a few minutes a day to practice deep breathing, you will increase the amount of oxygen to every cell in your body, including the brain cells.
It has been known for years that the more oxygen you have in your body, the fewer health problems you will have. Deep breathing stimulates the digestive process improving fitness and mental performance. By exercising, people improve their breathing process, but this can also be done sitting at a desk or in a chair anywhere.
Shallow breathing brings on stress. Deep breathing exercises have been known to improve asthma and other tensions. Many people have a tendency to hold their breath. That is not good.
If you are doing any type of lifting or strenuous tasks, deep breathing can add to your physical performance. It adds a new dimension and makes work much easier. You automatically get more energy, a sense of well-being, you feel better and you can even lose weight. Most of us only use our upper chest and not our total chest and abdomen.
The extra oxygen adds fuel to your body, and the great thing about that is it has no calories. It speeds up the metabolism and burns fat.
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