Achieve Better Health with Effective Breathing Exercises

Posted on September 27, 2013 by Tools For Wellness

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Breathing is an important function that is most often overlooked. The average human breathes about 20,000 times during a 24 hour period. The simple act of breathing provides the body with an ample supply of oxygen to achieve its peak performance. On average, a pair of human lungs can hold up to six liters of oxygen, but usually the average person only uses just a small percentage of their lung volume. Breathing is an activity that we all do everyday, but for some reason, many people are not aware that they are not breathing efficiently.

Learning how to breathe more efficiently can boost your immune system, keep your blood sugar in check, increase your attention span, reduce anxiety, and create a sense of calm and peace. Also, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of breathing exercises in the treatment of hypertension.

Here are a few tips on how to breathe more efficiently:

1. Try to keep track of your breathing whenever you ever feel tense, anxious, or stressed. Being stressed out can make our bodies instinctively take short, quick breaths. Try to avoid shallow breaths at all costs because it will only make your body stress out more. Try inhaling and exhaling deeply instead of taking short breaths. Doing this will give your lungs a chance to expel all the carbon dioxide, pollutants, and toxins from your lungs.

2. Before you begin your breathing exercises, make sure that you have access to a spot that is comfortable and quiet. If you live with a family member or a roommate let them know what you are doing. Explain to them that you do not want to be disturbed during your breathing exercises. If it is necessary, make a do not disturb sign and hang it on your door before you begin.

3. Try to complete one ten minute breathing session every day to experience the full effects of proper breathing.

There are many products available at Tools for Wellness that can teach you how to breathe properly and efficiently for better health. For beginners, The Breathing Box is the perfect start to proper breathing techniques. The Breathing Box is based on the world renown Hendricks Institute course and allows you to reap all the benefits of proper breathing in as little as ten minutes a day. If you are looking for something that is a little more advanced, try Power Breathing: Prana Practices for Health and Vitality to improve your breathing. If you just want to improve your meditation sessions, give the Qigong Meditation: Embryonic Breathing Book a try.

Besides proper breathing techniques, it is also essential to eat the proper foods and get plenty of sleep to achieve better health.