Learn breathing exercises for better health.
Breathing may seem so natural, yet breathing right can transform your life!
Everyone knows that taking a deep breath is a great way to calm down and cool off when you're feeling angry.
Any woman who has used Lamaze breathing during childbirth is aware that focusing on one's breath provides a favorable distraction from pain. Yet, very few people realize that how you breathe day in and day out plays a key role in triggering or preventing chronic conditions. To name a few:
(a chronic circulatory disorder marked by uncomfortably cold hands and feet).
Breathing Exercises Below.
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There is the Belly Breathers. The abdominal belly breathing is one who takes slow, deep breaths, letting his/her abdomen rise with each inhalation and fall with each exhalation. This is the ideal form of breathing but relatively few adults breathe this way. It is a stress relief breathing.
There is the Chest Breathers. The diaphragmatic chest breathing is one who takes rapid, shallow breaths. This form of breathing causes the body to expel too much carbon dioxide, adversely affecting how the blood carries oxygen to the organs and tissues.
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No matter how poor your actual breathing habits may be, it's reassuring to know that each of us was born knowing how to breathe properly. Also, it's quite easy to re-learn correct breathing habits.
Practice Belly Breathing:
AT LEAST TWICE A DAY, for about 4 minutes each time:
in a comfortable chair with your left hand on your chest, your right
hand on your abdomen.As you inhale, use your lest hand to press lightly
against your chest to help keep it from rising. Allow your right hand to
move outward as air fills your belly.
With each exhalation, slowly pull your abdomen back in as far as it will go without raising your chest. With practice, your body will find its won natural rhythm.
Once you've mastered belly breathing, you're ready to start using breathing as an instant tool to feel better in all circumstances: A few deep belly breaths can dissipate anxiety, ward off an impending panic attack or migraine, restore circulation to cold numb fingers and toes, and help ease you to sleep if you're experiencing insomnia. Belly breathing should become second nature.
Bottom line: For those who practice the breathing exercises, results generally take place in about six weeks.