02/5 2015

Breathe Your Way to a Better Day

I recently did some research on the best ways to improve your health, perusing resources such as US News & World Report, WebMD, Natural Health Magazine and even Dr. Oz.

I came up with a variety of things that were not so obvious: eat more grapes, have more sex, become a morning person, learn to play the drums, give up artificial sweetener and drizzle more olive oil.

More obvious ones were exercise, stop smoking, sleep more, drink more water, eat less salt, and make sure you are getting enough servings of fruit.

And another thing

Did you know there’s one simple exercise that has all sorts of health benefits? Deep breathing improves your health and happiness in more ways than you might have thought. Here are the highlights:

– Relieves stress and tension
– Relaxes the mind
– Removes toxins from the blood
– Relieves pain
– Increases muscle strength of your organs
– Strengthens immune system
– Aids in digestion
– Boosts energy level
– Improves your mood
– Boosts energy level

Why not give something so seemingly simple a try?

How to breathe correctly

Deep breath technique involves filling your belly with air, not just your chest. According to Robin Keys, proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmic and done through the nose, not the mouth. Each breath should ideally last three to four seconds breathing in and three to four seconds breathing out.

Breathe in slowly and when your lungs are full, exhale slowly and pull your belly button back in towards your spine to push out all of the air from the lungs.

Make it a habit

Like exercising and eating well, deep breathing takes repetition and discipline to become a habit. To kickstart better breathing, try ten deep breaths in the morning when you wake up, and ten more at night when you go to bed. Then, sprinkle deep breaths throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling stressed for fatigued. I find that deep breathing works wonders on those night when I can’t sleep.

Resources:

http://www.onepowerfulword.com/2010/10/18-benefits-of-deep-breathing-and-how.html

Photo courtesy of Quick and Dirty Tips.

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