If we want to learn more about breathing we must begin a journey that, starting from the observation of our personal style, will lead us to the knowledge of of the inhale-exhale process to improve it through simple exercises. When we breathe, we involve different organs; we notice and feel these organs whenever we have a cold. For example with a stuffy nose we realize the importance of this part of the body. These organs are called “airways” because they allow to conduct the air to the lungs, which represent the real respiratory organ.
Through breathing we bring oxygen to our body and expel the toxic substances we have produced. Both the body and the mind need oxygen to function well. But be careful: oxygen cannot be stored, it must be replenished continuously and in a regular way: for this we must be able to breathe well.
In order to produce and maintain the basic energy that our body needs, we need oxygen that we take with breathing. Only in this way can all our organs, including the brain and all the cells, live. Therefore it is absolutely necessary to learn correct breathing, which will accompany us throughout the “way” and will be an essential component for the construction or reconstruction of our body.
Unfortunately, most of us use only a third of the actual respiratory capacity available. This is a fact, confirmed by numerous scientific studies.
What prevents us from breathing well? If we breathed better, we would be healthier, stronger and more serene. How many times, in fact, do we think or say sentences like “I feel suffocated” or “I need some air”? These are all phrases that directly reflect our moods.
One of the fundamental steps in the way of micro-training is “breathing against stress”.
We often feel tired, listless, numb or, as we often say, we feel “stressed”. When an emotion is exaggerated with respect to the external stimulus, it means that there is not enough oxygen in the body and in the mind. It is the oxygen that pressed the brain to work. If oxygen is scarce, the blood must flow faster. In the meantime, the mind’s lucidity is lost and our mood suffers incredibly. Furthermore, due to incorrect or insufficient breathing, dangerous toxins that damage our vital functions stagnate in the blood itself. In this state, we are physically fragile and emotionally vulnerable. Unfortunately, that is a situation experienced by many people and, for someone, it is everyday life.
How to win the oxygen challenge? There is a multitude of disciplines, methodologies and traditions (even thousands of years old) on the art of breathing. In some religious practices, breathing plays an important role. Human beings have always tried to strengthen their breathing to gain well-being.
Diaphragmatic breathing is now the habit of many sportsmen or, for example, actors. We will talk in other posts about diaphragmatic breathing. For now, it is necessary to affirm (and remember) this: the lack of motion is one of the main causes of lack of oxygen in the blood. We can say that to get used to breathing well, it is essential to practice correct breathing techniques combined with constant movement, to repeat simple exercises that over time will prove to be the key to success, for a fit and healthier body.
Commonly, breathing is divided into four types:
- High breathing – we use it in sedentary activities: it is a fast and shallow breathing, air is sent only to the upper part of the lungs;
- Medium breathing – it allows to enter a slightly higher amount of air because the middle part of the lungs also comes into play;
- Low breathing – when the doctor tells us to take a deep breath, we amplify the breathing, so the lungs are involved more extensively;
- Total breathing – it fully involves the lungs and all the muscles of the rib cage
We do not always use total breathing. The way of micro-training will allow you to learn a fundamental habit for physical fitness and well-being: the habit of breathing deeply.