Would you be surprised as a Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Reiki Master, the number one reminder I give my clients on a daily basis is the command to BREATHE? Not just any breath, but to give yourself permission to connect to your inner strength and inner power than to breathe deeply.
Breathing is so important to our survival and for most of the time it is a “No Brainer.” “No Brainer” simply means that the action is governed by the subconscious mind and is habitual, so not much thought is needed for its occurrence.
Take a moment to think about it. You do not sit all day giving your body commands, to breathe in then breathe out. You simply could not have a productive day if you had to have that level of conscious awareness.
As a result, we have become conditioned to shallow breathing, short quick breaths. Those short quick breaths do serve a purpose (better than not breathing at all) but over the duration of the day do not provide your body the oxygen nourishment it needs.
I want you to use the 80/20 Rule for Breathing. This measurement is used in many different ways during the duration of InnerStrength U’s No Brainer Nutrition Program. Take 24 hours and calculate how much time is spent deep breathing and how much time is shallow breathing.
Most people come into our InnerStrength U Programs mirroring 80% Shallow Breathing / 20% Deep Breathing. This is usually coupled with the 80% Empty Calories / 20% Nutrition. The No Brainer Program is designed over time to flip those numbers to the opposite.
Shallow Breathing is the equivalent to eating food with very little nutritional value and should be done the least amount possible. Deep breathing is the equivalent of eating nutrient-dense foods needed by the body.
Benefits of Deep Breathing:
- Helps you relax, lowering the harmful effects of the stress hormone cortisol on your body. Your body can come out of “fight or flight” mode.
- Lowers your heart rate.
- Helps lower your blood pressure.
- Improves your core muscle stability.
- Improves your body’s ability to tolerate intense exercise.
- Lowers your chances of injuring or wearing out your muscles.
- Helps your body expend less energy.
- Nourishes your blood.
- Helps your organs perform their duties at the maximum most efficient rate needed.
- Relieves pain.
- Increases energy
- Improves digestion
Ask yourself, when was the last time you took a deep breath? Why did we include this? Extra oxygen does wonders for the body and mind. It cleanses, opens and soothes different parts of our being and is overall something extremely healthy we can all do. Deep Breathing is free and easy part of your healthy prescription you can refill every single day.
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So I challenge you now. Set your alarm on your phone for the top of the hour. When the alarm sounds, take 5 minutes to breathe deeply. You do not have to stop what you are doing, simply incorporate in your normal activities. Once complete, set you alarm for the top of the following hour and repeat until the end of the day! Keep track of the benefits you begin to experience within just a few days of incorporating this new technique! Feel free to stop back and share.
~Denise B. Povernick, The CEOs’Secret Weapon