Posted: 10th July 2019
Posted in: Health Tips
Don’t Forget To Breathe
Breathing is an automatic function of the body that is controlled by the respiratory centre of the brain. The primary role of breathing is to absorb oxygen and to expel carbon dioxide through the movement of the lungs. Throughout the day our breathing rate and pattern can change due to multiple factors such as stress and exercise. Being aware of a few simple techniques in relation to breathing can help you improve your stress levels and have you exercising safer.
Typically, when the body is stressed a person takes small, shallow breaths, using their shoulders rather than their diaphragm to move air in and out of their lungs. This style of breathing can leave us feeling quite unwell as it disrupts the balance of gases within our body. Shallow over-breathing, or hyperventilation, can prolong feelings of anxiety by making the physical symptoms of stress worse. Controlling your breathing can help to improve some of these symptoms. Next time you are feeling stressed or anxious try this breathing technique.
Muscles that control the movement of the lungs are the diaphragm (a sheet of muscle underneath the lungs) and the muscles between the ribs. If you are lifting heavy objects around the house or at the gym, learning correct breathing techniques can provide more support around your lumbar spine and help prevent lifting or twisting injuries. Here are a few techniques to make your lifting safer.