To survive we should breath. Breathing exercises are the cost effective way of staying fit. To practice breathing exercises, you need not invest on expensive exercising equipments or take the trouble to visit a gym. All you need is a quiet corner in your house and some fresh air.
Benefits of breathing exercises
Poor breathing techniques are often blamed for our poor health and mental distress. If your lungs fail to inhale adequate oxygen, the oxygen level in your blood will drop. Similarly, if your lungs fail to eliminate the carbon dioxide and toxins accumulating in your blood, the carbon dioxide level in your blood will rise. Breathing exercises ensure that your lungs are strong enough to retain the correct air balance in the blood. Regular breathing exercises could prevent age related degeneration of the lung tissues. It retains the elasticity of the lungs and prevents breathing difficulties.
Breathing exercises are powerful stress busters. They could help to calm your mind, overcome anxiety and resist depression.
Here are some simple breathing exercises, which can be practiced by anybody irrespective of their age and physical condition.
Sit straight. With your thumb of your right palm, press your right nostril. Now inhale through your left nostril. Fill your lungs with air. Now with your right ring finger, close the left nostril and remove the thumb from the right nostril, and exhale the air from the lungs through the right nostril. Keeping the left nostril closed, now inhale air through the right nostril. When your lungs are full, press your right thumb against the right nostril, remove the ring finger from the left nostril, and exhale through the left nostril. You should practice this breathing exercise at least for about five minutes or as long as you can. To relax your mind, close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing.
If you find the above breathing exercise slightly complicated, here’s a simple breathing exercise for you. Slowly take a deep breath and fill your lungs with air. Hold your breath to a count of three or as long as you can. Slowly exhale through your mouth. Repeat this for about five minutes.