Breathe… There that was simple.
The second mysterious secret to longevity is breathing. How astonishingly easy. No, actually it is not. In many countries today we’ve become a people who breathe shallowly, that is to say our jobs and our leisures (for many) include sitting in one place for long periods of time (excluding bloggers, we’re exempt from anything that may be considered negative lol). Consequently we forget to take in deep breaths.
Oxygen, the most important element our body needs. We can survive only for a few minutes without oxygen. Though the brain is only about 2 percent of the body’s weight, it consumes about 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe in.
Apart from the, oh, relatively important staying alive thing, this is what nice deep breathing can help your body accomplish:
- Removes the toxins from your body. When you breath out you exhale the carbon dioxide that has been passed thru your bloodstream into your lungs. carbon dioxide is a natural waste of your body’s metabolism.
- Improves the nervous system and relieves tension.
- Improves digestion of food.
- Makes the heart stronger and boosts energy levels
So how does a shallow breather become a deep breather? Inhale air in thru your nose (count to 8 while doing this) hold your breath (count to 5) exhale slowly (count to 8 while doing this). Purse you lips when you breathe out, it helps you focus on what you’re doing (you know like when you blow a bubble. You still do blow bubbles don’t you?). Feel yourself filling your belly then your diaphram with oxygen. When breathing out pull in your stomach at the same time. That’s it! Just practice this a few times a day. That’s all there is to it.
One more thing. Up until a few years ago I used to be a work-out fanatic, working with a private trainer, lifting weights, cario stuff, (a couple of hrs, 3-4 times a week) the whole thing. My trainer suggested the easiest way to remember to breathe deeply in (while working out) was to breath out first. It works great. When you don’t take a breath first but breath out (pursing your lips and forcing as much air out as you can), your body immediately wants to breath air back in.
Thank you for visiting me today, And for anyone who hasn’t read part 1, I am 65 years of age and very happy to continue with this wonderful adventure called life! Penny