Easy way to add breathing exercise to your day.
The most basic foundational movement – breathing. To live we need to breathe, and still, this topic is so neglected. I used to know nothing about it and my lack of knowledge influenced my health and how I look. How I used to breathe is a reason why I have a longer face and crooked teeth. But this can be avoided.
I want to help future generations. I want you to have a tool and information on how you can improve your life and help others to understand the importance of how to breathe.
Breathing can be conscious or unconscious, voluntary or involuntary so it is not a surprise most people don’t spend their days thinking about their breath, especially when there are a million other things to think about! In addition, most breathing techniques are confusing.
To put it simple let’s deconstruct it. Breathing has 4 phases: inhaling, pause (hold with air in the lungs), exhaling and another hold with empty lungs. These are moves we can play with.
I will explain how you can learn how to connect with your breath and tap into your nervous system and optimize your health and wellness! It’s exciting, empowering and transforming.
Breathing exercise while walking
We all need to walk at least a little bit during the day. If you have your habits set right, this also can become your breathing practice or as I call it Movement Snacks.
Best way to perform it is when you walk a little slower. It will also be great practice to slow down yourself and see the world around you. Spend some time with yourself in NOW. Here’s a simple explanation:
- Pick nice walking pace where you aren’t huffing and puffing
- Inhale for x amount of steps (I recommend 4 steps)
- Hold the breath for the same amount of steps
- Exhale in the same amount of steps and
- Hold again for the same count of steps
- Repeat for 2-5 minutes (nose breathing only)
It’s called box breathing technique and it is really easy to stack it while moving. I even like to practice this more than sitting or in any other position, because it’s the easiest way to count.
The control pause will continue to pay dividends over months and even years, so long-term consistency is your mental challenge here.
The benefits of breathing correctly:
- improved oxygen to your muscles, lungs, and cells
- improved performance and recovery
- improved digestion
- improved circulation, heart rate, and blood pressure
- regulates overall body pH
- regulates and balances the state of your nervous system (breathing is the remote control to the brain)
- decompresses the spine and relieves pain
- increased immune function
- and much much more!
Breathing is the foundation
Breathing exercise is where all the training should start. Being aware and connected to your breath is crucial. Same reason why I made an ebook about breathing. For those who would like to learn more and have principles on how to play with breathing, get an ebook that contains 5 lessons with homework and basic information about breathing here.
Yours in movement,