ELEMENTS OF HEALTH: Belly breathing
(JENNY GOFORTH, FRANKLIN HOME PAGE)
Perhaps you’ve heard your trainers and group fitness instructors coaching you through proper breathing techniques during exercise.
Do you ever wonder what the point is and why we focus on breathing when learning the exercises can be difficult enough? Doesn’t it seem mundane to think about breathing when we naturally do it without thinking about it?
Believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to breathe, and the majority of us are doing it wrong.
We are born breathing correctly, with deep and controlled breaths. Somewhere in our adolescence we unknowingly form bad breathing habits.
Do you know that Deep-Breathing, or “Belly Breathing,” affects the functioning of all the systems in the body? Embracing Belly Breathing permanently, not only while exercising, can improve the quality of your entire life.
Benefits to Belly Breathing:
- Improves and eliminates depression, anxiety, and any stress related disorders.
- Releases endorphins (the body’s own pain killers) into the system relieving headaches, backaches, and any other pain related to stress.
- Tension is released.
- Aids in burning fat. When you are stressed, your body tends to burn glycogen instead of fat.
- Strengthens abdominal and intercostal muscles
- Increases the supply of nitric oxide in the blood relaxing the arteries
- Supplies more oxygen to cells purifying the blood
- Improves your sleep pattern
- Helps to overcome tiredness and to rejuvenate energy
- Improves all mental processes including concentration and memory
- Calms the mind, nerves, and emotions
- Improves blood pressure. A fast breathing rate has been linked to high blood pressure.
- Benefits asthma sufferers
- Improves the respiratory system by using the full capacity of the lungs
- Improves the speaking/singing voice releasing tension in the neck and throat.