How Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercises Help you Breathe Easy Again!
Do You Know how to Breathe Properly?
I know, that sounds incredibly rude. It’s like me asking “Do you know how to put on your pants by yourself?”
It’s not. As it turns out. Most people don’t know how to breathe.
I was one of them, and I’m only just now getting better through breathing exercises.
A LOT of folks take tiny, shallow breaths into their chest, never reaching their stomach.
This type of breathing can keep you alive, but it’s not ideal.
I used to have a high degree of social anxiety as a kid. There were many reasons why, and they ranged from genetics to diet, to noise.
Unless I don’t remember, there was never any type of instruction in ANY gym class about breathing.
Twelve years of state education, and I don’t remember anybody ever even mentioning breathing.
Actually, that’s not 100% true. I had an out of shape strength and conditioning coach who said
“Breath in on the way down, out on the way up.”
That was all she wrote for Breathing,
Ya know, the thing we do to stay alive and all that.
All the activity, games, sports, and different areas of fitness and health we explored. How to breathe correctly was always an afterthought with almost zero consideration.
I am being a bit condescending here. But I think it’s justified because I never realized just how important breathing actually is.
My mental state improved dramatically when I took breathing more seriously.
It affects everything from hormonal levels, focus, concentration, energy levels, mood and can even impact overall fitness.
“What does that mean for you, the casual fella or girly who wants to be at their best day in and day out?”
It means, yes wait for it…
You’re going to have to relearn how to breathe properly.
I know, it’s like me saying you don’t know how to move your mouth and talk.
Trust me, it’s not a hard or embarrassing process. It only takes a little bit of discipline and effort. The best part is that you will be amazed how much it improves your life.
At least, it will if you were a nervous nellie like I was growing up.