Don’t hold your breath!

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Why do we have muscular pain? Although there are muliple reasons as to why. One if the most overlooked is not breathing correctly. There are studies that have shown the ill affects and benefits of doing this properly.

The Harvard Medical School states:

“For many of us, deep breathing seems unnatural. There are several reasons for this. For one, body image has a negative impact on respiration in our culture. A flat stomach is considered attractive, so women (and men) tend to hold in their stomach muscles. This interferes with deep breathing and gradually makes shallow “chest breathing” seem normal, which increases tension and anxiety.

Shallow breathing limits the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest part of the lungs doesn’t get a full share of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath and anxious.

Deep abdominal breathing encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide. Not surprisingly, it can slow the heartbeat and lower or stabilize blood pressure.”

I believe that it’s important to take some time in your day to take 10 deep breaths before you go to bed and when you wake up in the morning. For more on this study: Click the link

 

 

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