How You Breathe Matters

How You Breathe Matters

👉 Im not talking about oxygen going in and out of your body.

👉HOW you breath or don’t breath could be messing up your body. It could be messing with your sleep, mood, digestion, heart, nervous system, muscles, and yes even your brain.

✅ How is the stress factors in your life?

✔️ Pay attention to your breathing- and see if you catch yourself NOT BREATHING! Especially if you are stressed anxious or nervous. Your probably holding your breath without even realizing it.

✔️ If you are not breathing correctly this can lead to a shortage of oxygen and energy and then your stressing your body out.

🔳 Take a moment and take a deep breath in and notice what happens?
* Does your chest move up or out?
* Did you notice your belly move out or maybe it didn’t move at all?
* How about your ribs? Did you notice any movement there?
* What about in your mid- back? Anything?

✔️ You want to make sure your doing abdominal breathing, (you can activate the vagus nerve) Abdominal breathing will trigger a relaxation response, this is what we want.

✔️ Abdominal breathing is necessary because it heals, repairs, and renews our body. Its also the opposite of the stress response – which we DO NOT want!

☑️ To practice proper deep breathing, inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Remember to:
* Breathe more slowly.
* Breathe more deeply, from the belly.
* Exhale longer than you inhale.

▪️ Inhale for 4 seconds breathing into your belly (i.e. expanding your diaphragm) , pause for a second, then exhale slowly – try and let that exhale last for 8 seconds.

▪️ As you improve your breathing, your muscles will relax, your worries and anxieties won’t ‘feel’ so stressful.

▪️ The oxygen supply to your body’s cells increases and this helps produce endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones.

💮 Tibetan monks have been doing this for decades to help their stress.

💮 The improvement to memory, help combat depression, lower blood pressure, or heart rate, or boost your immune systems, are all just awesome side affects to proper breathing!

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Cheryl

Im Cheryl- Im very passionate about Exercise + Nutrition + Health = Wellness!!! Anything and all things that fall under the umbrella of fitness. I have a degree in Exercise Science, and have been living it, studying and having fun with it!!!

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