I’ve made a recent discovery – I’ve forgotten to breathe!

Most of us have day jobs where we sit hunched over our desks.  Many others have jobs behind some sort of driving or flying device.  Again, sitting.  There are jobs that require lots of movement and exercise, but even then, I suspect most of us are not getting something (besides increased salary) we really need.  More air.

What Health Experts say:

Health experts tell us to get daily exercise for maximum benefits. Like every other muscle in our body, our lungs and the diaphragm they sit on, need to get daily workouts.

“We breathe 10 to 20 times a minute,” you say.  Yes, that’s true, but we’re still not expanding our lungs as they were intended.  Now I’m not saying put down all of your work and go outside to run a mile.  I’m suggesting we can support our lung health by doing something very easy – JUST BREATHE!  Deeply, that is.

The Techniques

Here’s a good link discussing eighteen benefits of taking several planned and slow breaths every few hours each day.  Link to technique.

Are you a believer yet?

To keep this blog about breathing fair and balanced, here is a slightly different take on the deep breathing fix. Go here.  Is nothing without conflict? Who would ever have thought deep breathing could cause pain?

Why not give deep breathing a try?

Whether you decide to do the five-second inhale using your diaphragm, hold it for three seconds, and release the air for five seconds, OR the shallower, more rapid breathing technique – I think you’ll be better off for adding a new item to your daily to-do list.

Conclusion: A little heavy breathing is a good thing!

Did you try either of the techniques?  How did the exercise make you feel? Until next week, make it a great one, and don’t forget to flex your breathing muscles!


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  1. robena grant says:

    That breathe hold breathe exercise is a good one. When I get nervous I tend to shallow breathe, a few of those deep breaths settles me down. A little.

    I like your conclusion. Yay! on the heavy breathing. : )

  2. Calisa Rhose says:

    Good lesson to learn, Lynne. I have made a habit of deep breathing regularly over the years. When one of the kids/g-kids or hubby get hurt/stressed I immediately instruct deep, slow breaths in the nose and slowly back out the mouth before anything else (unless it’s an emergency of course. then it’s examine them and breath deep myself to remain calm. lol). I do it subconsciously as I write, read or whatever. Thanks for the links.

    • Hi Calisa – you are far ahead of me. I realized recently that other than when I take long walks or do the circuit at Curves, I’m not using my lungs to their capacity.

      I’m going to follow your lead and breathe deep much more often now.

  3. This was a great reminder ~ thanks! I’m a slow, deep breath girl. Whenever I’m feeling stressed or rushing around too much, stopping and taking just one very slow and deep inhale and exhale helps calm me down and reminds me to keep things in perspective.

    Have a great week, Lynne!

    • Hi Robin!
      I bet you had to take a lot of deep breaths when you recently sold your first novella! 🙂

      I notice that if i don’t deep breathe often enough, my body takes over and I yawn. How about that for a finely tuned engine?

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a good week too.

  4. Roz Lee says:

    Heavy breathing is my specialty! LOL

    Seriously, all that deep breathing makes my head spin. It’s not used to all that oxygen at once!

    I especially liked the benefit of massaging other organs. That sounds interesting!

  5. Samantha says:

    I’m definitely a believer in deep breathing to calm myself when I’m stressed at work. I also try to consciously make the decision to get out of my office and walk. A change of air and the exercise is a great combo to shift my thoughts and release the tension and stress.

    • Hi Samantha!

      You offer wonderful advice. Breathing fresh air, outdoors, and a quick walk is a fantastic way to break down building stress.

      Thanks so much for reading my blog and commenting.