Why Breathing Exercise Is Important?
It’s a fact of life we take for granted that breathing is with us from the moment we are born. One of the most basic functions of the human body, breathing not only provides oxygen to the body, but also clears fog from the mind and helps build muscles. However, at any moment we have difficulty breathing, we suffer immediately. The pain can be caused by physical dysfunction due to lack of oxygen or a surge of fear when we feel our connection to life is threatened. Breathing is so important, so powerful. It affects every metabolic function, your energy level and how you feel afterward.
But very few people learn how to breathe in a way that allows the body to function the way it’s supposed to. It seems strange to think that we should “practice” breathing. After all, it’s something we’ve all done since our first seconds on Earth. We do this all day, every day without really thinking about it.
If you turned your attention to your breathing now, would you notice your stomach moving, or would you notice your chest moving? For most of us, our breasts move. While this may feel natural to us now, it’s actually hurting our bodies.
When we inhale, we take in oxygen, expanding our lungs and pushing down our diaphragm. When we exhale, we expel carbon dioxide, our diaphragm rises, and our lungs contract.
When we take shallow breaths, oxygen may not reach the lowest parts of our lungs, which are filled with oxygen-dependent blood vessels.
Can regular breathing exercises help us learn how to breathe properly and have health benefits
- Deal with an anxiety or panic attack: Lie down immediately, arms crossed, and take a moderate but prolonged breath. Keep breathing until the acute anxiety subsides.
- Reduce your stress load: To really do this effectively, you need to spend about ten minutes a day just sitting and breathing. Reducing your stress load means that the power of breathing can help you not make a mental connection in any situation.
- Increased resistance to stress: Each inhalation causes a sympathetic response, so your heart increases slightly, and each exhalation causes the opposite response, a parasympathetic response that slows your heartbeat. Clinically, it is known as heart rate variability (HRV) and is considered a good indicator of resilience in response to stress.
- Improve your sleep: When you practice breathing through dedicated exercises, you can breathe more naturally through your nose at all times, including while you sleep.
- Breathing exercises can improve the capacity and function of the diaphragm, your main breathing muscle, which in turn leads to easier and deeper breathing.
- Increase the elasticity of the lungs, because when you sit and repeat guided, regulated breathing, they are actually being trained in a physical sense.
- Regular breathing practice and proper breathing can help protect your spine. Each good breath provides movement for the discs in your back, as well as for the diaphragm from the muscles of your back and chest, both of which affect the spine and provide muscle support by massaging it with each breath.
The trained respiratory system can now work better for 24 hours and can also improve 24-hour oxygen absorption and delivery. This actually means your cells are getting better nutrition, which affects all physiological and physiological functions, including brain cells. It is important to understand that during breathing exercises, you will not take in more oxygen because the breathing will become slower and slower. Train your respiratory system to regulate the unconscious breathing activity that’s going on, so it starts to work better during the day and night. This is a huge benefit. The only way to get this benefit is to do regular breathing exercises. You may need a breathing coach like OPUMP to help you better understand, train and control your breathing.
Every system in the body depends on oxygen. From cognition to digestion, effective breathing not only clears your mind, but also helps you sleep better, digest food more efficiently, improve your body’s immune response, and reduce stress. Many people who practice yoga, especially those who focus on practicing pranayama or breath control, have been shown to regulate the sympathetic nervous system, or parts of the body that control breathing, heart rate and blood pressure.