What we have here is an infographic, made to show you some quick facts about breathing. We discuss them in detail here, on DeepBreathingExercises.com, but this is a short, memorable version (we all love images, don’t we?):
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Breathing supplies our bodies with oxygen, which is vital for our survival, and eliminates waste products and toxins from the body.
- 70% of toxins, from your body, is eliminated by breathing. The rest goes to: skin 20%, urine 7% and feces 3%. – Examples of incorrect breathing: over-breathing, holding the breath and shallow breathing.
- More than 50% of adults are mostly shallow breathers at rest. Almost 90% adults have compromised breathing in some way.
Consequences of incorrect breathing:
- The nervous system becomes unbalanced
- The airways get tighter
- The blood vessels constrict (higher blood pressure)
- Less energy is produced
- The brain uses 20% of the oxygen we consume. If short with oxygen, the brain starts to slower.
- The heart can’t pump out blood as efficiently (bad circulation)
- The muscles go tense and tired faster due to the oxygen shortage.
Principles of Proper Breathing:
1. Breathe through the nose (in some exercises, you’ll be advised to exhale through you mouth. But this advice is applied on exercising where specific way of breathing is performed in a relatively short session. During the normal breathing process it is advised to exhale through your nose also. This way you blow out the dust collected in your nostrils during the inhalation.)
2. Breathe with the diaphragm.
3. Be aware of how your way of breathing during the day. What makes you hold your breath, or hyperventilate?
4. Breathe rhythmically
5. Breathe silently (again, this is a recommendation for ‘normal’ breathing. In some exercises, though, you’ll be asked to exhale with a ‘woosh’ sound. Don’t mix exercises and regular activities – it’s like going to the gym. You may run for 30 minutes when you exercise, it doesn’t mean you should be running constantly through the rest of the day.)
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How to Breathe Properly:
- Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor.
- Put your hands on your abdomen.
- Inhale through your nose (we explained here why not through the mouth), while counting to four. Your hands should rise as your abdomen fills with air.
- Hold the breath for a few seconds.
- Exhale slowly (through your nose again. If you use mouth, purse your lips) counting to four.
Practice this exercise at least 2-3 times a day, for a minimum of 5 minutes per session.