365 Ways #10–Breathing 101

#10–Practice makes permanent. The avg person breathes 25,900 times/day and most of us have an inverted breathing pattern. We breathe by tightening our abs and lifting our chests. Chest breathing only fills 2/3 of the lungs. Like stagnant water, the last 1/3 of the lungs becomes full of stale air. This lack of movement (i.e. old air for new air) creates a prime breeding ground for bacteria and other pathogens. The diaphragm is the chief pump of the body, aiding the heart and assisting in lymphatic flow to remove dead protein and other toxins out of the body. Breathing diaphragmatically is how we were meant to breath. Watch a young child breathe–you can learn something from him.

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