Thursday, August 13, 2009

Breathe well to live well

Breathing is an act that we do some 20,000 times each day. Breathing incorrectly can produce tension, exhaustion and vocal strain, and can interfere with athletic activity and encourage aches and illnesses. Breathing correctly, however, nourishes every fiber of our body and soul. By breathing correctly you can melt away tension and stress, improve energy or simply relax and unwind.
To breathe correctly allow your abdomen to expand when you inhale and air seems to flow in deeply to the pit of your stomach. Physical posture greatly affects breathing. In other words, if you have perfect posture and are as stiff as a board, proper breathing is not possible. We need to form our body so that it is flexible, soft and supple. A good, relaxed posture represents a more receptive way for air to flow deeply and fully.

Mollie McCarl Personal Trainer and owner of Fitness Spa