Monday, August 11, 2008

From the beginning... Learn to Breathe

Everything in life literally comes back to the breath you draw. Without breathing, you will die. Learning to control that breath can help you live an even fuller life.

I have learned along the way in this journey:

  • Sometimes, when the stress hits, you need to remind yourself to breathe.
  • There is a specific rhythm to breathe when you are running - it's your own. I tried to do the whole in the nose out the mouth (I think that was it), but I just about suffocated. As long as you are not hyperventalating - you are breathing the right way for you.
  • Exhale on the heavy part of your weight lifting. Holding your breath sucks the life out of the lift and could cause you to pop a vein. (Sorry, this could be literal.)
  • Don't open your mouth before your head is out of the water when swimming. I know this sounds basic, but you would be shocked (if you are just starting to swim like me), how much you want to breathe for fear of drowning. Really throws the rhythm off. :)
  • When people are giving you 'solid advice' about your health (and they have never been overweight), breathe. It will calm you and keep you from being forced into anger management.
  • On that first long hill on your bike, breathe. No breathing, means no oxygen to your muscles. If you think your quads burn now, try stealing their oxygen. The cramps will be enough to knock you out of the saddle.
  • Breathing will help you find your center - emotionally, physically and even with food.

So, find your rhythm, learn how to speed it up and slow it down. You will have greater control over everything, if you learn to breathe.

Yours in health, Kate

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