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Breathing – Be Proud of Your Big Belly

Breathing is one of the most important things you do every day. Sounds obvious, everyone breathes right? Yes, but how we breathe can have a significant impact on our health. Most of us are using a compensated breathing pattern (shallow chest breaths) which activates our stress hormones and creates excess tension. These contribute to pain and poor performance. Essentially this compensated breathing pattern is due to stress, sedentary lifestyles and muscle imbalances.

What to do

We encourage spending at least 5 minutes 6/7 days a week on mindful belly breathing allowing the diaphragm and rib cage to expand. Try a 4-4-2 tempo (4 second inhale, 4 second exhale, 2 second pause), breathing in and out through the nose. Try counting 20 breaths while focusing on how the body feels when you breathe in and out.

Couple this deep belly breathing with lying on a foam roller so it runs the length of your spine and maybe throw on a guided meditation and you will feel great!

Benefits of Belly Breathing:

  • Calms nervous system;
  • Reduces stress;
  • Reduces neck tension;
  • Reduces headaches;
  • Reduces back pain;
  • Improves posture;
  • Improves sleep;

Start practicing and before you know it you’ll breathing more effectively without even thinking about it!

Live Healthy,
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