Did you know that a daily practice of even simple breathing exercises can aid weight loss?
ATP is a biochemical component that helps you store, transfer and use energy. The more your body can produce ATP, the easier it will be for your body to a) metabolize your food and b) burn fat. And of course both a speedy metabolism and efficient fat burning are key to helping you reach (and maintain) your healthy weight loss goals.
So what do breathing exercises have to do with ATP? One of the key components necessary to produce ATP is oxygen, and breathing exercises are one of the best—and most relaxing—ways to get enough oxygen to keep your body happy.
Did you know that to burn 10KG (about 20 pounds) of fat, you need to inhale about 29 KG of oxygen on a consistent basis. So if you’ve been wanting to lose that stubborn last 10,it’s time to start taking deeper breaths.
Of course, burning a key part of giving you energy, so breathing exercises can also help you stay awake, alert, and invigorated throughout your day. Not to mention they’re an easy relaxation technique. We count each of those things a definite plus!
Ready to feel the positive effects of a breathing exercise? Try this:
- Sit in a comfortable position, but make sure your legs are folded, your back is straight, and your chin is up.
- Keep your mouth closed, and breathe through your nose.
- Breathe slowly, and follow your breath through your body (try to breathe so that your stomach, rather than your chest expands).
- Pay attention to the rise and fall of your diaphragm, the relaxation of your muscles, and how calm you feel.
- Breathe as deeply as you can.
- Once you have filled your lungs with air, hold your breath for a few seconds.
- Exhale as slowly and deliberately as you can (blowing the air out through your mouth)
- Repeat this process 3-5 times (or longer, if you have more time)
How do you feel now? Calmer? More relaxed? Most of our clients who try breathing exercises are impressed by how immediate the positive effects are. Their stress is lessened, their focus is improved, and their heartbeat is regulated right away. And the ore they practice the breathing exercises, the better their sleep habits, and the easier they are able to focus on important tasks.
How have breathing exercises helped you?