Pay attention to your body: be aware of your breathing during exercise. Oxygen is the most crucial of all elements in the body. While it is technically not a nutrient, it is an oxidizing agent, which forms new compounds to release energy into the body, just like how consuming food energizes the body. People can survive without food for days, but absence of oxygen, just for a couple minutes will cause death. Without proper oxygen flow in the body, our organs begin to operate less efficiently, leading to health problems.
Purify the Blood Stream
When the blood stream is purified, the body has more energy. Breathing in more oxygen is the most effective purification process for the blood stream. Effective breathing leads to a more healthy body and mind. Improper breathing leads to a decrease in the supply of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Lack of this chemical leads to premature aging, a decrease in vitality and the onset of disease.
The muscles which allow space in the chest and torso for the lungs, to be able to fill with air, and the muscles that push air out of the lungs, are responsible to hold the body upright, in its many positions. That is, the breathing muscles are also posture muscles. The main breathing/posture muscles are:
What are Abdominal Muscles?
The abdominal muscles are a group of 6 muscles, which extend from various places on the ribs to various places on the pelvis. They provide movement and support to the trunk, often called the core. They also assist in the breathing process.
Why Abdominal Muscles are Special?
Abdominal muscles are special because they provide postural support. They also play a role in defining the form (with strength exercise). For example, the most superficial abdominal muscle, the rectus abdominus, gives the 6-pack abs effect, when it is worked to a high degree of fitness. More structurally, if a particular abdominal muscle is deeper and closer to the spine, it will have more effect on the body posture, and this often contributes significantly to a healthy back. It wraps around the torso, creating an effect similar to a back support belt.
A 20% reduction in oxygen blood levels, can be caused by aging process and breathing habits. Poor breathing, robs energy and negatively affects mental alertness. Unless breathing is exercised, aging affects the respiratory system as follows:
Stiffness: The rib cage and surrounding muscles get stiff causing inhalation to become more difficult. Less elasticity and weak muscles leave stale air in the tissues of the lungs and prevents fresh oxygen from reaching the blood stream.
Rapid, Shallow Breathing: This type of breathing, often caused by poor posture and weak or stiff muscles, leads to poor oxygen supply, respiratory disease, sluggishness, or heart disease.
Deep breathing exercises Pranayama techniques
Pursed lip breathing Pilates exercises
Diaphgramatic breathing Core stabilization exercises