You exhale 70% of the toxins in your body, so the deeper the breath, the more toxins you release.
How often do you think about your breath during the day? The most common answer is never! This means most of us don't know the power of our breath.
Breathing is one of the only involuntary activities we do that we can also take control over.
If I told you you could learn to control your mood, energy level and emotions with a single breath...would you believe me?
Taking a slow, deep breath can turn on your Parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system. We normally run around our days and lives in the Sympathetic (flight or flight) state.
Three reasons to breathe...
1) Breathe to calm down - When you start to feel the stress and anxiety rise, stop, take a slow, deep breath and come back to the present. Many times your mind will start to wander off into thoughts of worry when in reality, there is nothing you can do about it...so why stress?
2) Breathe to strengthen your physical abilities - The more often you take deep breaths, the healthier your lungs become. After weeks and months of practicing your breathing by simply taking deep breaths during the day, your stamina, cardio and ability to control yourself during exercise will increase dramatically!
3) Breathe to be healthier - When you take a deep breath your are filling your body with fresh oxygen (oxygenating your cells). When you exhale you release 70% of the toxins you are holding. Keep your immune system in tip top shape by taking deep breaths.
Practice daily breathing through taking a long, slow, deep breath and/or practice a particular breathing exercise. Below is a basic box breathing exercise.
Regardless of how you decide to start breathing...start! It's free and it can take your life to the next level physically, emotionally and mentally.
Mindful Monday Video:
Why breathing is so important? (1:00)
Control your breath...control your life (2:25)
Parasympathetic vs. Sympathetic (2:50)
My breathing exercise/morning routine (3:30)
Box breathing exercise (4:25)
This weeks TRUE PATH exercise (6:00)
Taking action using one breath (6:35)
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