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.
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!