Don’t forget to breathe!
Breathing is the cornerstone of everything.
Nothing is as important.
- It increases the function of the Psoas muscle which is essential to hip bending (walking)
- Increased Psoas function and opens up performance capacity for the whole body
- It improves digestion
- It improves lung function
- It improves immune function
- It improves blood and lymph flow
- It stabilises the automatic nervous system
- It increases heart rate variability
- It decreases arterial blood pressure
Why is it important to breathe effectively? Seventy percent of the blood supply to the lungs is found in the lower half of the lungs. If we are not drawing the air all the way down to the base of the lungs, we are losing out on a vital part of the lung tissue that supplies oxygen to the body. When the oxygen is reduced, the systems collapse and the cells start to fail. When too many cells are operating in this weakened state, our overall health and structure begin to give out symptoms of malfunctioning; these symptoms inevitably end up translating into some form of illness and/or injury.
The most important thing we should do is to facilitate breathing with the diaphragm. As we watch the world change due to the virus spreading, it puts our bodies into a state of constant stress and survival. In the past couple of weeks, even I have to admit – I catch myself holding my breath watching what has been happening around me.