In this day and age deep breathing exercises can help with weight loss,
relaxation, and sense of well being. Most of us are not breathing
properly by breathing air
up into our chest. Look at yourself in the mirror. Your lungs hang all
the way down toward the bottom of your rib cage. More than likely,
you're not filling them up with the precious air they need. Most of us
inflate just the upper portion.
Simply lay down totally flat on your bed,
your couch, or floor. Relax for a second or two before taking a deep
breath. Now breathe in deep through your nose. Push your belly up while
taking the air inside. Stick your chin on your chest and watch your
belly rise. When you've got as much air as you can hold, stop and hold
your breath. Try holding it for ten or twenty seconds. If you're like
most people, you're dying to let it out at the end of the twenty
seconds. Go ahead. Pitiful isn't it?
Not only that, but did you feel your lungs
stretching out? You don't feel that very often do you? It feels good and
bad at the same time, right? That's because you're not used to it. Try
it a couple of more times. It gets easier each time, right? That's the
beauty of re-training yourself to breathe properly and when you
implement some easy breathing exercises you will feel the difference. Don't
you feel relaxed and refreshed at the same time? Your body is saying
thank you, thank you! Just that very tiny bit of deep breathing and your
body feels better. An immediate reaction.
Now think of this. That extra oxygen you
gifted your body with is now moving through your bloodstream, slightly
increasing your flow, and getting rid of excess waste and fat. All that
in a matter of seconds! Keep lying on the floor, bed, or couch, and
practice a little more. Get used to how deep breathing feels. Close your
eyes and sense the rhythm of the deep breath you're taking. Memorize it.
Keep practicing for 5 more minutes. Now sit
up. Again, try to accomplish the same deep breath while sitting up. Sit
up straight. Start breathing in through your nose -then slowly stick
your chin on top of your chest and watch your belly inflate with air.
This may be a little harder because you might unconsciously revert back
to shallow breathing. You'll know that this is true if your belly isn't
inflating and you feel all the air in your lungs high in your chest.
Don't give up. Concentrate on inflating your belly. Once filled as much
as possible, hold it for twenty seconds and release through your mouth.
You must practice this technique a few times to get used to it.
So by now, you should have a real sense of
how to breathe deep. Now what? Take a day or two and just practice the
technique. Learn how your body feels. Memorize the actual process of
taking in, holding, and releasing all that extra oxygen. After a day or
two of practice, you're ready for your daily workout.
What's all this have to do with your program?
Plenty! Think about it... Oxygen is fuel for your body as is food. There
are no calories in oxygen. You can breathe in all you want for as long
as you want and still no calories! Not only that, but the extra oxygen
you take in will cause the chemical reactions in your body to take place
much faster, thus, you burn more calories than you take in. This in turn
speeds up your metabolism and makes you burn more fat.
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