Do you suffer from Breathing Problems?
So by now you are properly motivated, sleeping enough, and drinking enough water so what’s the next step to health and happiness…..breathing. It seems like this should be the easiest thing in the world, but most people do not breath properly.
When air comes in it pairs with water to produce energy. It also is alkaline and is essential to maintaining the proper Ph in our body. When you breath properly it promotes elimination of the waste carbon monoxide, and consequently when you shallow breath you retain carbon monoxide within your body and increase the waste,and stress, in the body.
Most people shallow breath as opposed to diaphragmatic breathing. Shallow breathing, or chest breathing, is not as efficient as diaphragmatic, or belly breathing. Shallow breathing uses all of your accessory breathing muscles and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system(fright or flight) and diaphragmatic breathing uses the proper muscles (diaphragm and the different intercostal muscles) and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system.
So if I am walking around breathing with my chest I am causing all sorts of unnecessary tension in my neck, upper back, upper chest area, and I am keeping my body in a constant state of fear. This leads to possible headaches, neck pain, loss of concentration etc.
On the other hand if I am able to properly breath (diaphragmatically) then I am calm and balanced.
How to start correcting your breathing problems.
So you can see not breathing properly can really detract from your quality of life. So what to do? Fist thing is to find out if your are being efficient within your breathing. I want you to stand up and put one hand on your belly button and one hand of your chest. Go ahead and take three big breaths. Now lay on the ground and do the same thing. When you breath properly the first two thirds of it should go to the belly while the last third should go into the chest with no discernible tension in the neck, upper back, or upper chest area. This should of happened WHILE YOU WERE STANDING. Everybody breaths properly while lying on there back. If you had issues with this I highly recommend you practice while lying on the floor to at least gain the awareness of what it should feel like. On top of that you need to address in you training: strengthening the diaphragm and abs and stretch all the muscles that are attached to you thorax which are over working.
Thank and relax and breath easy:-)
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