Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Every Breath You Take...

...can be life-giving and life-renewing.

Did you know that taking just 5-10 minutes a day to take a "deep breathing break" can have long-term and significant health benefits?

Benefits include:
  • releasing tension from the body and mind
  • reduction of pain
  • aids digestion
  • strengthens the lungs and immune system
  • boosts energy
  • improves mental clarity
  • reduces tension

to name but a few of the many, many pluses of committing a small amount of time every day to really focus and breathe correctly and fully.

I am adding a couple of 5-10 minute breaks for deep/full breathing in addition to my exercise breaks. I spend a LOT of time in front of my computer most days (can you relate?). I know that I need to do more in terms of daily exercise. Now I also realise that "breath breaks" can be very beneficial too.

And, as this informative article explains, it doesn't have to be anything complicated or time-consuming to work. Only a few minutes each day can add up to lifelong health rewards. Included at the end of this article is a simple breathing exercise that only takes minutes to complete. I hope you will find it helpful too.


Anonymous said...

Interesting, and it goes with something I heard on the noon news today. Brisk walking sends oxygen to the brain, and that can be beneficial in keeping the brain healthy.

I try to not spend more than two hours at the computer in a day. That is counting the run in and check trips, while I am sewing or whatever.

Teri C said...

I run our exercise group in our retirement park and it is a lot of deep breathing and yoga type stuff and I walk a mile or more everyday so yes, I understand the importance of these things.

Great post Geraldine.

SandyCarlson said...

I believe it, know it, but don't do it. Doing this should be good and easy. I must try!

Anonymous said...

I do deep breathing every day when I do my yoga and it is extremely beneficial. At first I didn't believe it would do anything but after several months I can see how good it is for me. Interestingly enough, it has also helped my asthma!

Geraldine said...

Hi Sandy, WOW, 2 hours a day online,that's the part of your comment that caught my attention first. Excellent! I'm in the 6-7 hour a day category most days but I do have at least 1 computer free day a week and limit my time on the weekend. I agree about the walking, it's good for so many reasons, isn't it?

Hi Teri, I think the suggestion to take "breathing only" breaks is also a very good idea and it is something I don't think many people actually do. It's not called the "breath of life" for no reason is it? sounds like you've got plenty of exercise on your schedule which is great!

Hi SandyC, I'm going to try too. Every day can be a new opportunity to get it right so here's to breathing breaks today and every day. I'll send you a reminder vibe ok? :<)

Hi Sel, I did yoga faithfully almost every day for years and I loved it. I don't know where that good habit disappeared, must get back to this and soon. thanks for reminding me and good for you on this positive regime. It really does help doesn't it?

Happy Thursday and Hugs, G

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