Saturday, March 7, 2009

Recharge yourself - breathe properly

Have you ever seen a baby sleeping. They look so cute with their stomach going up and down like a balloon being inflated and deflated each time they breathe. Believe it or not breathing properly is something that babies do right naturally. Something that we as adults have somehow forgotten to do correctly. Most of us breathe from our chest (shallow breathing) and not from our stomach ( deep breathing) like babies.
Do you know that just by breathing correctly you can actually elevate the state of your health and happiness. Breathing oxygenates the body, revitalise every cells, tissues and organ in the body. Breathing correctly :
  • Energizes our body
  • Reduces carbon dioxide buildup
  • Improves our focus and concerntration
  • Helps us to relax and calm down
  • Reduces stress, tension and anxiety
  • Helps us to sleep better
  • Strenthens our immunity system
  • Lowers the blood pressure
  • Increases metabolism, aids digestion and weight loss
  • Eliminates toxins.

Improper breathing can cause problems to the systems in our body such as immune, circulatory, endocrine, nervous system. Not breathing properly produces :

  • Mental fog
  • Tension, stress and anxiety
  • Digestive problems
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Numbness, dizziness.
  • Sore muscles and aching legs

The key to breathing correctly is to use your abdomen rather than your chest. When you breathe, imagine there's a balloon in your stomach that inflates when you inhale and deflates as you exhale. When you breathe from your stomach you are filling the maximum capacity of lungs with air. However when you breathe from your chest, you only fill the top portion of of your lungs. This depletion of air is what makes us feel tired, stressed out and unmotivated in life.

So start breathing correctly to reap all the benefits it has on your physical and emotional being. It's something you can start right away, it's easy and it's free. Of course most of us take for it for granted until we face trouble breathing because of athsma or blocked nose.

Breathe properly and you're on your way to looking good and feeling happier. Start improving the quality of your life the safe, natural and easy way.

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