How to perform better and lose weight easier?
Do you want to become more efficient in your life, perform better or lose weight easier?
Your solution might be in your breath and relaxation
We live by the work hard play hard attitude, especially around the Tri-State Area.
The technology that’s available to us makes our lives easier but also much faster and more stressed. We work long hours and love participating in intense activities and workouts. How can we make sure that our lives and how we live will work for us not against us? After all, how much more stress and demand can we put on ourselves. It is important to not only balance our lives but our workouts too.
Using relaxation techniques and the breath is becoming more important than ever before. Through those we honor our body’s needs to rest, recover and restore.
First, let’s take a look at what happens to the body when we are under constant stress:
- It causes muscle tension that can also trigger tension headaches, migraines, chronic muscle tension in the shoulders, neck, and head.
- We take shallow, short breaths, which creates, even more, tension in the body.
As fight or flight response kicks in, long term, ongoing stress increases the risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.
- The adrenal glands and liver work much harder, and we can develop anxiety, panic disorders, insulin resistance or diabetes.
- We also tend to eat more or drink more alcohol, which can eventually cause acid reflux, stomach ulcers. Other signs of stress are diarrhea or constipation.
- It affects how we view the world. Under a lot of pressure, we become more protective over what we know and less accepting to change. Life and growth come with change. Fear makes growing and improving much harder, if not impossible.
- And not last, it is hard to lose weight. When we lower our stress levels, weight loss becomes much easier, because the body’s reaction to fight or flight is to store, preserve and protect. Stress management, breathing, and relaxation techniques are an important part of my weight loss programs.
A lot of times we are so used to the amount of stress we live in that we are not even aware of it. If you have a calendar full of events and not a lot of downtime to recharge, you might benefit from some breathing and relaxation practices.
Now let’s see how the breath and relaxation can help you to recenter your body and lower your stress:
When we are stressed, we take shallow breaths, breathing into the upper chest area, which reduces the oxygen levels and puts the body in an alarm mode. Diaphragm muscle is used when we breathe correctly.
As we inhale the diaphragm moves downward, increases the space in the chest cavity, giving space for the lungs to expand. As we exhale, the muscle goes back to its dome shape and pushes the air up and out of the lungs. It does not only helps us to take in more oxygen but also relaxes the nervous system.
Stress and emotions can change the breath, but It is possible to change our emotional and mental state with the help of our breath. It is amazing how much more control we have over how we feel than we believe so.
As we calm our nervous system, our body and mind become more relaxed too. When we are relaxed we see the world from a more positive perspective; it is easier to resolve problems, accept and go through challenges, we have more joy and ease in our lives.
Learning to breathe and giving your body the time to relax and let go will greatly benefit your fitness performance, weight loss goals, the quality of your life and your general well-being.
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