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The benefits of deep breathing
June 3, 2011

Learning about the benefits of deep breathing can give you a more rounded personal training education which you can share with your clients.

With stress levels rising as the pace of life increases, it's important to be able to handle stress and pressure in a way that helps us to meet the challenges ahead of us and enjoy the opportunities that life has to offer. There are various deep breathing techniques that health professionals advise their clients to practice to reduce anxiety and stay centred. Many forms of meditation practice focus on the breath to bring stillness and awareness to the body and mind.

Have you ever noticed when you're frustrated, busy or tired that you sometimes naturally let out a heavy sigh? It's almost a subconscious reaction to the situation we're dealing with at that moment. When we sigh, we're breathing out the problem maybe that's where the phrase breathing a sigh of relief' originated from. From a physiological perspective, letting out a sigh can boost blood oxygen levels in the brain helping to relieve tension and improve clarity of mind.

As we inhale deeply we increase the levels of oxygen into our blood circulation, helping to ease congestion, and take pressure off the heart. Deep breathing also improves our immune system as the internal organs receive an abundance of oxygen to help rid the body of toxins in the lymphatic system. When we exhale we are literally ridding the body of carbon dioxide.

Often we are not aware of our breathing, and when stressed there is a tendency toward shallow breathing resulting in anxiety, light-headedness and malaise. There are many deep breathing techniques that you can learn by researching on the internet, or by going to a Pilates, Yoga or Meditation class.

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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