Breathing is one of the most important things we do on a daily basis to help us live well each and every day. If we don’t breathe our organs will not receive the vital supply of oxygen required to help us live. Breathing also has a second function, it also helps to rid the body of toxins and waste products.
Oxygen is the most vital nutrient for our bodies and is essential for the brain, nerves, glands and all the internal organs. We can go many days without food and water but with no oxygen supply we will die in a matter of minutes. The brain is the organ which requires more oxygen than any other organ. A lack of oxygen can cause mental sluggishness, negative thoughts and even depression. A poor supply of oxygen affects all parts of the body.
Here are ten top better breathing secrets:
- If possible in your daily life, inhale and exhale only through your nose, even when you are doing aerobic exercise.
- Sense the movement of your breath frequently in the midst of your everyday activities. Remember not to hold your breath.
- Be sure your belly stays relaxed. Let it expand as you inhale and retract as you exhale. Touch it and massage it frequently. Your belly is the foundation of your breath.
- Breath is life and movement. Let your breath engage and fill every part of your body, especially your belly, back, spine, and chest.
- To transform your breathing, start with your exhalation, with “letting go.”
- A long, slow exhalation helps harmonize your diaphragm and turns on your “relaxation response.”
- Sense the natural pause after exhalation; let yourself rest there for a moment.
- Let your inhalation arise by itself, when it’s ready.
- Sense the various breathing spaces of your body several times a day. Smile into these spaces and observe how your awareness helps them open and close effortlessly.
- Remember, you are a breathing being, alive right now and here. Let yourself feel the mystery and the miracle of your breath and your life as often as you can.
Following these ten steps can help you breathe better and assist in inspiratory muscle training to make your breathing muscles stronger.