Breathing is like everything else we do. It is a skill. Skills can be learned and unlearned, they can become good or bad habits, depending on how we practice them.
Our modern lifestyle has a significant effect on the way we breathe. We move less, sedentary jobs (I find myself sitting at my desk for hours and hours every day working on blogs, social media, etc…) that effects posture, that will change breathing patterns. We eat more, we consume processed food, and we don’t spend enough time outside. We have our mouth open a lot. Think about it. Every time we say something we take a breath through the mouth. Every time we sigh, we usually take a huge gasp of air through the mouth. Every time we eat, with each bite there is air going in through the mouth, and when we speak while we eat, that’s more air in through the mouth. When we yawn, when we cough, etc…
Then we exercise to get healthy and yet, while exerting ourselves, we breathe through the mouth.
I dare you to observe your self today, tomorrow, pay close attention and notice how many times you catch yourself taking a breath through the mouth. Over- breathing has a profound effect on our general health, it contributes to a host of health issues that we don’t realize, unless someone explains it how those things could be connected. A couple of blogs ago, I asked you to figure out your Control Pause (CP) number, and promised to explain what your number means regarding to your overall health. CP is a measure of breathing volume. We want low breathing volume and long CP. The longer your CP is the better oxygenated your body will be. Remember, when you take your CP, it’s necessary that you measure your true holding time and not a forced time. It’s not a competition, it’s data collection. Didn’t read my previous blog on how to measure CP? Click here to watch video, measure, then come back and see what it means.