Breath is one of the most important vital signs of the body, yet it is often neglected. However, in recent decades, the value and importance of breath have come into focus as studies show its impact on our lives and its role in detecting diseases. It may soon be considered a biomarker. Although breathing mostly occurs unconsciously, practicing breathing exercises can have a profound impact on your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. These exercises can also boost energy, improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and regulate blood pressure, heart rate, and the digestive system. Paying attention to your breath can be life-changing.
There are many breathing exercises tailored for different needs, and practicing them daily can be transformative. Try taking slower, longer breaths as you inhale and exhale for a few minutes each day. This exercise, known as nasal breathing, can help combat anxiety and boost athletic performance by slowing your breathing rate and increasing oxygen flow to your blood and muscles. For powerful breathing techniques, consider following the suggestions of celebrated physical therapists Bob Schrupp and Brad Heineck, as demonstrated in this linked video.