Your alarm goes off and you peel yourself out of bed. A little voice inside says, ‘I wish I had more energy.’
We’ve all had moments like this, where we feel low in energy and you know it’s not fun; it can really be limiting.
Maybe you need to be more productive in your work, or have the energy for your family and friends.
Whatever your needs from life, having more energy can definitely make things better.
Today you’re going to learn how something as simple as breathing exercises can help you get more lasting energy, the natural way.
You may be thinking … 'Can’t I just have a coffee, or an energy drink? That’ll perk me up!'
Plus, it’s almost instant, and really easy!
Sure you can get energy fast with this approach, but what about after the effects wear off?
How are your energy levels then?
Chasing a caffeine high isn’t the answer to sustained energy levels.
Fast forward even a year of getting your energy from external vices and your body can quickly forget how to naturally build your energy levels from the inside.
After studying the human body in daily life and working with many people around the world, I’ve learned that developing ones energy levels is not as simple as, constant external stimulus from the outside, to affect your inside.
Energy levels must also be balanced from the inside, to affect your outside.
Breathing exercises are a great place to start building energy internally.
Each and every day we take thousands of breaths, but are you aware of the way you perform each breath?
How well are you breathing, right now?
The way you breathe affects every physiological function in your body.
In understanding this you may be starting to get the importance of enhancing your breathing skills with some exercises.
There are many different types of breathing exercises derived from practices like meditation, Qigong, martial arts, Yoga etc, but regardless of which type(s) you practice, the important point is to practice.
Even if you only practiced your breathing exercises for 10-20 minutes each day, imagine how much time that would be over the course of a few years… and the positive effects this could have on your well-being… and what you’re here to do in this life.
After working with many people to improve their health, well-being, and the way they move their bodies, I’ve noticed something many have in common with regards to the way they breathe ... it's often:
Breathing shallow in your daily life can dramatically limit the amount of oxygen your body takes in, and can effect many other functions that affect your physical training and life, from sleep, to metabolism, to recovery.
Imagine for a moment that your body was a seesaw, with your upper torso on one side and your lower torso on the other side. It’s common for many to only fill the top half of their body with short, shallow and front focused breathing, for most of their lives!
What do you think this does to the metaphorical see saw, indicating body balance and well-being?
If you’ve been habitually shallow breathing, or simply haven’t been aware of your breath for most of your adult life, all is not lost.
There’s many ways to improve your breathing, which we’ll dive into below.
I’ve observed that a major contributing factor to shallow breathing leading to reduced energy potential, is often about where you put your focus.
If you’re always putting your focus on the external and what’s going on around you. You can lose sensitivity of what’s going on inside of you.
The more we get drawn into all that is not us, the more we shall become it.
So think to yourself for a moment …
You can re-balance your focus and connect back to your breathing at any time.
Here’s 3 steps that will help:
In any given moment you can ask yourself questions like this to reinforce your A, C, B practice…
Listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly.
With consistent practice of these guidelines you’re on the right track to experiencing more energy in your daily life.
Focus on the following simple, powerful breathing principles:
Simply focus on your breathing, relax, and the rest will work itself out.
The above principles are simply some points to guide you towards a path that’s best for your individual needs.
Experiment and adapt these principles to your individual body and find a style of breathing to suit your needs in the moment.
Now you understand how to improve your breathing habits, it’s time to learn some practical ways to integrate it into your life.
To sum it all up, you can get more energy flowing through your body the natural way, using breathing exercises.
Simply bring your attention to your breathing and make it a priority in your life. Amazing things flow from practicing quality breathing every day.
Imagine for a moment… What if this was your last breath? How would you take it?
You now know the power of breathing exercises to improve the way your body functions both inside and out.
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