January 30, 2009

Deep Breathing is an Exercise

Breathing deep delivers many of the same benefits of exercise - including loosing weight.

What? How can that be?

Well, it can be compared to aerobic exercise - which causes one to breathe deeply to keep supplying the blood and muscles with oxygen, which in turn, burns fat for energy. This is how weight is lost.

Breathing deeply also supplies the blood with fresh oxygen which encourages fat to be burned, even when we are doing activities that don't require much physical activity.

Now, this is not a substitute for exercises, but it does enhance the cardiovascular system and it's capacities - especially in those who are just beginning an exercise plan. Like conditioning of sorts.

Most of us do not breath deeply - it is something that we need to teach ourselves so it becomes second nature.

Practicing it a bit each day will enhance many areas of health:

  • it is a natural stress reliever
  • helps with depression and anxiety
  • feel less fatigued
  • less metal fog
  • enhances body tissue functions
The shallow breathing that most of us do - especially those with desk or low activity jobs, does not deliver the necessary oxygen to the lungs and heart. And it does not clear the body of the old, used carbon dioxide wastes that we produce when we breath.

This causes the lung tissues to constrict over time and it even has an effect on the lymphatic system, which helps to cleanse the body of toxins.

As the toxins build up over time, we have muscle loss, we gain weight, we develop high blood pressure, and we are more easily fatigued.

Taking control over breathing by practicing deep belly breaths will enhance many functions in the body.

And it can be thought of as an exercise that can be easily accomplished right in an office chair or while watching tv.

No costs or extra time involved - just a few minutes spent thinking about it several times over the course of the day - and doing it until it becomes second nature.

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