Benefits Of Deep Breathing Exercises – Health Enhancer!

Benefits of deep breathing

When it comes to our breath, most people think there’s no reason to focus on it or do any exercises, because it happens automatically…

Yes, it does happen naturally and there’s no way your brain will forget to breathe. I would’ve died like a million times already if my brain didn’t manage this on auto-pilot!

While it’s great that our brain does all the work for us when it comes to breathing, we still need to focus on our breath from time to time. If we never focus on taking deep breaths, it can become hard to control anxiety, stress or simply anger.

When you’re feeling anxious, your breath becomes quick and shallow. You start to feel even more anxious, your heart rate increases and you start sweating.

Just by becoming aware and start taking deep breaths, you can reduce anxiety, stress, anger and many more health related problems.

Sounds very simple, doesn’t it? In fact, not only does it sound simple, it IS simple!

There are many benefits of deep breathing exercises and it takes almost no effort to experience all of those benefits.

Benefits Of Deep Breathing Exercises – Health Enhancer!

I think it’s one of the easiest and simplest way to increase the quality of your life. Like I’ve said, it basically takes no effort to do deep breathing exercises.

It’s important to manage stress and anxiety, because it’s related to many health problems. Whether you experience physical pain or mental (for example, stress), our bodies respond in similar ways all the time.

Quick and shallow breaths being the main response, followed by increased heart rate, sweat and so on.

If you’re constantly stressed about something, most likely you will develop some more serious health problems and it will be hard to get rid of them.

So, what are the benefits of deep breathing exercises and how to do them?

Remove Toxins, Waste And FAT From Your Body!

Our bodies remove over 70% of waste and toxins through the breath. It is really important to breathe correctly if you want to effectively remove toxic waste.

If you don’t breathe correctly, your body has to work harder to detoxify itself. This could potentially lead to illness.

A lot of studies have showed that weight loss is linked to proper breathing. When you’re exercising, you’re always taking deep breaths and exhale for longer times than usual.

This way your body is actually getting rid of your fat. Yes, you basically breathe out fat! How cool is that?

While taking deep breaths all day won’t get you in shape on its own, doing exercise and breathing properly can help you lose more weight throughout the day.

So, you’re basically like a dragon, but instead of breathing fire, you breathe out toxins and fat!

Dragon breath

Relieve Physical Pain

Have you ever hit your toe really hard when you were opening a door? I know I have! Quite a few times actually… Do you notice how your breathing rhythm changes when that happens?

You might even start holding your toe and even start kissing it (Eww) in hopes that pain will go away. You would be so focused on the pain, you are not aware of your breath.

It comes down to what I’ve talked about before. When you experience pain, you will either start breathing quickly and shallow or simply hold your breath.

Many studies show that holding your breath will make the experience even more painful. It’s always better to “breathe into your pain” if you want to relieve it.

Next time you hit your toe while opening a door (or experience pain in any other way) focus on your breath and do some breathing exercises (we will get to that below!). You will notice that your pain is slowly going away and it’s not as painful anymore.

Reduce Stress, Anxiety And Emotional Pain

When you’re feeling stressed, anxious or even experience something very emotional and you feel depressed, guess who’s going to help? You guessed it! It’s your breath

See, when you’re doing a deep breathing exercise, you have to focus on your breath for some period. Why is this good? Simply, because you stop focusing on your current stressful situation.

It clears and refreshes your mind from all the negative thoughts. You become more immersed in the current moment, thus you forget about anything that worries you. Either it’s your future or the past that’s stressing you out, being present in the moment is the best way to forget about everything.

But, it won’t happen with your first try. You must make this a daily habit. The more breathing exercises you do, the more you will forget about your worries.

Relaxing is really important, but not many people realize this. The more you relax, the better your life will be. While stress is related to many health problems, relaxation is related to good health. Just keep that in mind…

So, take a chill pill and relax! To clarify, the chill pill is a deep breath…

Deep breathing reduces stress

Improve Oxygen Delivery To Your System

When you’re breathing deeply, your body gets way more oxygen, thus every system in your body starts functioning way better.

Since your system’s functions improve, you will be much more focused and concentrated. Distractions won’t take you away as easily as before. “Mr. Distraction” begone!

Also, for the same reasons, you will have more stamina! If you’re not inhaling enough oxygen, your body will always have less stamina. You might even feel tired all day without doing anything at all.

If you have this problem, then deep breathing is a very simple way to improve your stamina. Of course, don’t give yourself the illusion that breathing exercises alone will make you a marathon runner. There are many other factors that determine how much stamina you will have, like exercising and a healthy diet.

But proper breathing is still important if you want more stamina! So, our chill pill is also a stamina pill! Seriously, it’s such a magical pill, isn’t it?

Fall Asleep Faster

Deep breathing exercises will help you fall asleep quicker. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try doing a breathing exercise when you lay in your bed.

It will reduce blood pressure and your heart rate. If your heart is racing when you’re in bed, chances are, you will find it very hard to fall asleep.

Same goes for high blood pressure. Have you ever had that feeling like your head or brain is pulsating? You lay on your side and you hear and feel it in your ear.

That’s most likely related to high blood pressure. If you’re suffering from both, high Blood pressure and heart rate, I can only imagine it would take a few hours to finally fall asleep.

If you’re experiencing that every night, you might have some serious health problems, but if it rarely happens, deep breaths can help you fall asleep quicker by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.

Of course, you don’t even need to have any health problems and still find it hard to shut your brain off. Sometimes, you just can’t stop thinking about something and you can’t fall asleep for this reason. Well, I’ve got some good news once again!

Deep breathing will take your mind away from those never-ending thoughts and help you fall asleep.

I take the “magic chill pill” every night and it definitely makes me feel more relaxed and calmer! Gosh, so many benefits just from one chill pill, right?

Sleep better

Improved Posture!

Breathing and posture are both connected in a way. You can experiment with it even right now. When you start taking deep breaths, you’ll notice that your posture is automatically improving instantly.

When you’re taking deep breaths, your spine must straighten up. Having a bad posture leads to incorrect breading.

Let’s say you’re playing video games for quite a few hours. Probably, you will end up in an awkward position. For this reason, you won’t breathe correctly, because your posture is horrible.

That’s why I said that both, breathing and posture are connected to each other. You can’t have one without the other.

If you practice deep breathing often, your posture will improve and then you will breathe more properly without even focusing on it.

It Makes You Happier!

You simply become happier, because of all the benefits above!

Since you’ll feel more relaxed and calm all the time, your brain releases “happy hormones” that make you feel really good.

Sometimes, after you take deep breaths, you might feel a little “high”. And that’s a great feeling, trust me!

I’ve thought of a new name for our “chill pill”. Are you ready to hear it? I can’t hear you… I said, are you READY? Good, I like your spirit!

“Magical toxic waste removal, physical pain reliever, stress and anxiety destroyer, improver of concentration, stamina builder, king of falling asleep, reducer of heart rate, posture fixer and generator of happiness hormones chill pill”.

Woah, that’s quite the name!

It’s Time To Learn How To Do It!

Now that you know the benefits of deep breathing exercises, it’s time to learn how to breathe properly!

There’s a few ways you do it. I suggest you experiment with at least a few of them.

First method:

1. You can sit or lie down somewhere, just make sure you feel comfortable. Make all distractions go away.

2. If you feel tension in your muscles, just release it. You want to fully relax your muscles.

3. Start inhaling oxygen through the nose and count to 4. Inhale so deeply, that your abdomen would be filled with oxygen as well.

4. Fully exhale through your mouth, leave no oxygen in your lungs. Count to 4 as you’re exhaling. Further relax your muscles.

5. Rinse and repeat for several minutes. Always focus on your breath, push all negative and worrying thoughts away.

Counting to 4 was just an example. You should feel comfortable with the breath. If you feel like 4 is too little, you can increase the count. Or if you feel like it’s too much, you can reduce the count. Just make sure you feel comfortable.

Second method:

Most people use this method to fall asleep faster. Will it work for you? Only one way to find out!

1. Inhale through your nose for the count of 4.

2. Hold your breath for the count of 7.

3. Exhale through your mouth for the count of 8.

4. Repeat this at least 4 times.

There are many more breathing exercises you can try out. I would recommend you to watch this video if you’re interested.

Make This A Daily Habit

So, now you know the benefits of deep breathing exercises AND how to do them. The next step is, make this your daily habit.

Chances are, that when you’re not focusing on your breath, you’re breathing incorrectly most of the time, because that’s how you’ve done it your whole life.

Once you begin to take deeper breaths, you’ll reprogram your brain to always take deeper breaths even when you’re not focusing on it.

Also, you don’t necessarily need to lay down or sit when you want to take deep breaths. You can do it anywhere you like. Even when you’re working, just focus on your breath from time to time and take deep and refreshing breaths.

It will slowly become a habit and it will improve you health… So, start taking the magical “super long name” chill pill today!

 

 

Do you often focus on your breath? Have you been breathing incorretly all your life? Comment below!

24 thoughts on “Benefits Of Deep Breathing Exercises – Health Enhancer!”

  1. Matt's Mom says:

    I did not realize that over 70% of waste and toxins are removed just through our breath! I try to tell my self all the time to take a few deep breaths and relax. It does work and it does help. And, yes I agree….focus on your breath if hurt. When the hurricane hit, I lost power and was running around my home in pitch black. Well I didn’t see where I was going, stubbed my toe, which ripped it completely off root and all. Boy did I do a LOT of deep breaths!

    1. Donny says:

      Oh gosh that sounds like a very painful experience… One might forget about breathing at all in such a situation… But, doing deep breaths at times like these definitely makes it easier to get over the pain.

  2. Heather says:

    Thanks for this great reminder! Just reading the beginning of the article made me sit up and begin to focus on my breathing. And guess what, I immediately felt the effects. I will certainly try to make a habit of focusing on my breathing to improve my health and well being!

    1. Donny says:

      Haha, I guess reading about this kind of stuff is a constant reminder to focus on your breath! It’s quite hard at the beginning, to focus on your breath constantly. It can even feel quite weird. But after a while, this becomes a habit and you’ll be taking deep breaths without even noticing.

  3. ValerieJoy says:

    A very good article on the importance of deep breathing.

    Many years ago I attended Yoga classes where deep breathing was something we had to control with every exercise we did.

    Over the years, as family came along and their care and needs were priority, the deep breathing was forgotten.

    Having been asthmatic all my life, and many years gone by since those Yoga days, deep breathing is what I have to concentrate on constantly. If only I hadn’t let life get in the way, I may not need to put the extra effort into breathing correctly. But, that’s life. We deal with it as we go along, not thinking about consequences related to health.

    Thank you for an interesting read.

    1. Donny says:

      Yeah, it’s quite easy to forget some things. Even habits are easily forgotten if something else takes over your time.

  4. Master Aspirations says:

    Deep breathing helps me alleviate stress most of the time. I’ve noticed especially when I do Pilates that it’s important to breathe deep, otherwise my core won’t get the most benefits of the excercising. Between Pilates and de-stressing, breathing deep keeps me centered and my core stronger. At times I would be anxious and taking a moment to stop, breathe deep and take a moment to relax really helps me. Great Article!

    1. Donny says:

      Deep breathing really helps if you’re feeling slightly anxious. At first, I couldn’t believe that something so simple can have so many benefits! 

  5. Katherine says:

    This was a very informative article. It was helpful to be reminded to breathe and breathe correctly. Anxiety and stress are common in my life and deep breathing relieves them. I agree that living constantly with stress can cause physical health conditions. Yes, it is simple but it is so easy to forget. I was fascinated to learn that our bodies remove over 70% of waste and toxins through the breath! Healing breaths have helped my heart rate slow down and lower my blood pressure. Thank you for the reminder.

    1. Donny says:

      Anxiety and stress is common for everyone. Except, some are able to control it and some are not. It’s important to reduce stress as much as possible, because it’s slowly killing us. 

  6. Marques Pizarro says:

    I’m so happy I came across this article. I’ve had some real back pain and it kills me, but I realized that I should be more conscious about my breathing; hopefully, it will relieve my back pain.

    Also, I was surprised to read that it gets rid of fat. I’m a fitness advocate and I’ll share this with my friends that I workout with.

    I’m looking forward to sleep better and feel happier. Thanks!

    1. Donny says:

      Breathing into your pain definitely helps to relieve it! I was also quite surprised how many benefits deep breathing has and it’s so easy and simple to do.

  7. jeffrey16201 says:

    I have been using deep breathing exercises for a while not for when I become anxious, but I never thought to use it to help me sleep better?

    You have inspired me to start doing my deep breathing regularly every day now, I do have a habit of over doing things in my day which makes it difficult for me to sleep.

    1. Donny says:

      Deep breathing exercises can definitely help you fall asleep quicker and also improve the quality of it. I’ve noticed this immediately as I started doing these exercises. While it might not make you fall asleep instantly, it does help you reduce your heart rate and blood pressure, which definitely helps to doze off!

  8. Oliver says:

    This is very informative. Actually some things come as a dejavu becouse some things i have experienced myself, but i havent thought why is it that way. Now i know the science behind it aswell. Thanks for clarification. Keep up the good work 🙂

    1. Donny says:

      Glad you found it useful!

  9. Crystal says:

    Just want to stop by and say thanks for the info. Someone in my class suggested deep breathing exercise to reduce tes and anxiety related to studying but I did not really take it seriously until you explained all the benefits.
    This was very useful.
    The video tutorial was appreciated since i am really a visual learner.

    1. Donny says:

      I’ve heard about deep breathing a long time ago and I also didn’t take it seriously. Only later I found out about all the benefits. It can definitely improve your life. Something so simple can make big differences!

  10. Craig says:

    I can honestly say I had no idea that we expelled a large number of toxins from our body through our breath. Obviously CO2 is something we don’t want floating around in large supply inside us because we need to pass in fresh Oxygen. But what other kinds of toxins are we talking about here?

    Thanks for the two methods on how to do this. I’ll aim to practice deep breathing more often given all of these benefits!

    1. Donny says:

      We remove all kinds of toxins as we breathe out CO2. This is a good article you should read if you’re interested in finding out more about it.

  11. Brandon says:

    I had no idea how much benefits breathing exercises had to offer! My cousin gets nervous and stressed in certain situations a lot, but I’m going to show her out to calm herself down and feel better. Actually I’ll send her to this article right now. Thank you for all these helpful tips.

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed, breathing exercises have to offer a lot! It’s quite life changing, if you ask me! Glad you enjoyed this article:)

  12. Anthony Hu says:

    Thanks for the information, which is very helpful to me. I always think about how to do deep breath, but take no action. Now I have step by step instructions on how to perform the deep breath. Both instructions are straightforward. I just did the 2nd methods and feel the immediate benefits, my mind is clear now (usually feel dizzy at time of the day).

    1. Donny says:

      Glad you enjoyed it and tried it right away! It’s important that you keep doing it if you want to improve your health. Like I’ve said, it’s really really simple and easy, so there will be no difficulties when trying to make this a daily habit!

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