Your lungs work best when you do an activity or take time each day to breathe out longer than the time it takes you to breathe in. This is simply because we spend a considerable amount of time sitting in a moving vehicle or stationary chair. When you sit your body uses less energy. Your lungs only take in the amount of energy that fills the space in your lungs. This is space created by your out-breath. The more you sit the more shallow your breathing becomes and less essential oxygen is moved through your body.
As a consequence the less oxygen that moves around your body the less well or happy you feel.
With winter now fully felt in the southern hemisphere it is vital to focus some attention on the health of the lungs and keeping the heat (energy) escaping from the physical body.
Use these tips and give yourself a better chance of catching colds, flu, and stomach bugs whether it is summer or winter where you are now.
1. Arch and Release Your Back.
This tip is especially useful for people who are working at a desk or in a repetitive movement activity i.e. at a cash register, holding your phone. It is particularly helpful if you are someone who uses one arm in the same movement much of the time.
Open up wide both arms as you bend/arch the top of your body back a little.
Exhale with a long breath as you bend forward.
Move back into normal posture
Repeat three to five times. Build up this number gradually as your muscles become used to this movement.
2. Gentle Long Slow Blow.
Any time simply blow out through your mouth as though you were gently blowing bubbles out of a bubble pipe. This is relaxing and you may find yourself smiling as some earlier happy memories.
3. Personal Pump Breath.
Notice your breath. Breathe in gently as your belly pushes out. Breathe out hard as you pull in the muscles in your belly. This is a stationary exercise that pumps and builds more energy through your body. Start with up to one minute. Build up one or two minutes a week. If you feel giddy or faint at any time it is because you are breathing IN too hard.
Your breath provides the current of life force essential to have life in your body, thoughts, and emotions. Your body can survive without food and water for days at a time, and only a few minutes without you breathing.