How To Get Back In Shape
Learn To Breathe
Breathing How to Breathe During
Exercise Taoist Breathing
Yoga Breathing or
Pranayama Avoid Breath
Holding Breathing Instruction
Better breathing enhances anything and everything you do.
Enhanced breathing takes more oxygen into your tissues improving
A relaxed, natural breathing pattern improves your
circulation, (both blood and lymphatic circulation) which together nourishes and cleans
up the body.
Since the lymphatic system is important to your immune
system in fighting disease, better breathing improves lymphatic flow which
improves your health.
Using your breath appropriately during exercise makes exercise
more effective and safer whether you are doing a cardiovascular workout or a weight lifting
Because many of us tend to breathe with shallow
breaths due to poor posture and tension, we rob our bodies and brains of life enhancing oxygen. Learning to
breathe well should be one of your first goals of getting back in shape.
Caution: Breathing Exercises just like any exercise program should be
cleared by your healthcare practitioner before you begin.
Learn To Breathe with Diaphragmatic
Diaphragmatic breathing uses the contraction and relaxation of the
diaphragm to draw air deep into your lungs. This can calm your nervous system, reducing stress and tension
which are major culprits to your overall health. Diaphragmatic breathing is a great way to relax, and
practicing relaxation is an important part of getting back in shape.
Try our Diaphragmatic Breathing Exercise 1 - How To
Learn To Breathe with
By using your breath properly while you exercise, you can avoid breath-holding (or val-salva)
which can cause your blood pressure to rise. Recommendations often focus on exhaling as you do the more
difficult contraction of the exercise. But it is also important to keep your breath flowing smoothly with
deep and steady inspiration and expiration.
Establish a rhythmic breathing pattern
such as: Cycling, Swimming, Running and Walking.
Keep your breath flowing smoothly with rhythmic inspiration
and expiration. As you progress, you can establish specific inspiration/expiration
Isotonic and Strength
Isotonic exercise involves contracting your muscles to move your
joints such as bending your elbows with a bicep curl or your knee joint with a hamstring
curl. Recommendations often focus on exhaling as you do the more difficult contraction of the
exercise especially as you increase the difficulty of the workout with weight
training. This assures that you avoid breath holding.
Isometric exercises involve contracting your muscle(s) without moving
your joints or limbs. With isometrics it is important to avoid breath-holding (or val-salva)
which can cause your blood pressure to rise. Counting out loud while performing an isometric can
help you avoid holding your breath.
Learn To Breathe with Taoist Longevity Breathing:
Taoist ancient breathing practices can help you get back in
shape and improve your health with each breath you take. By relaxing and slowing down your breath,
Taoist Longevity Breathing teaches you to breathe with your whole body, giving your whole body health
As many exercise programs begin to recognize the importance
of the nervous system and its effects, Taoist Longevity Breathing has been calming the nervous system
for hundreds of years. It is preparatory to meditation. For instruction by Bruce Frantzis on Taoist Longevity Breathing choose his
DVD or CD. A
great combination is to order his CD's along with his Book, Relaxing Into Your Being. Or find Longevity
Breathing Classes near you.
Learn To Breathe with Yoga or Pranayama Breathing:
Breath control is an integral part of Yoga. Using a series
of positions, also called asanas, Yoga helps to restore healthy breathing patterns which improves your
health. As with Taoist breathing, pranayama floods your body with more oxygen.
Like Taoist breathing, Pranayama helps you prepare for
Some Yoga techniques involve breath holding. If you have high blood
pressure or heart disease avoid breath holding.
For a combination of yoga breathing a walking, BreathWalk is a great start.
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