When was the last time you actually took a moment and took a good breath?
What is breathing anyway?
Breathing (or respiration, or ventilation) is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs to facilitate gas exchange with the internal environment, mostly by bringing in oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide.
Well that is the basic function of the lungs to exchange Oxygen with the carbon Dioxide.
But what does it do for our bodies?
When we breath properly and efficiently the results through the body are quite amazing.
The Blood through your body is hit with some refreshing Oxygen which then gets carried to all our organs to help them work better in production of healthy cells for our skin and healthy function from our brains to our toe nails.
Every cell in our body needs Oxygen.
YES! Consider that for a moment…so when was the last time you took a good breath for your body? All your cells are counting on it.
Breathing can be very helpful when it comes to anxiety or pain or anger. Let’s face it, we all are sometimes confronted with moments that challenge us, frighten us.
I know I have been.
Take that conscious moment to take a deep breath filling the lungs with Oxygen and expelling on the exhale not only the Carbon Dioxide but also the fear, worry, stress.
So, let’s start today to take better notice of how and when we breath.
I think some of us might be surprised how often we hold our breath and starve ourselves of that life-force.
Different forms of exercise accentuate and concentrate on breathing; Yoga, Pilates and the like.
Funnily enough, I have shown many people during my career in fitness how to breath when different circumstances arise. Yeah, sometimes we need lessons in breathing as well.
If you are having trouble finding that good ‘breath’ for yourself perhaps seek out a class in yoga or Pilates, I guarantee the benefits are life-altering.
At Oxygen Pilates we do both Yoga and Pilates, and also Anti-Gravity that allows your body to be supported by the hammock in all different plains allowing the body to breath and relax in beautifully supported positions.
Take a moment and breath today – in with the good, out with the bad.