Word of the Week: Breathe!

Breathe:

  • to take air, oxygen, etc., into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire.
  • (in speech) to control the outgoing breath in producing voice and speech sounds.
  • to pause, as for breath; take rest:
  • to move gently or blow lightly, as air.

There are a lot of benefits associated with breathing exercises. It takes the brain out of fight/flight/freeze mode (it’s neuroscience, y’all!), it helps you relax, it reduces stress, and it helps you to feel good when you’re done exercising. You know you’re supposed to feel better after your workout, not worse, right? For some clients, this is the only time they get time to chill out, and focus on themselves for the whole day.

Breathe

ACTION STEP: take a few minutes per day this week to lay down and breathe. Here is how: find a quite place without distractions. Lay down, close your eyes. Take deep breaths; four seconds inhale, four seconds exhale. Try to get your belly to rise on the inhale, and fall on the exhale. Relax all your muscles, starting at your feet, and working your way up to your head.

Let me know how this goes! Do you feel less stressed? I bet you do!

See you next week for another WOW!