Many tactics and techniques are available for recovery from exercise such as baths, contrast showers, nutrition, massage, stretching and foam rolling. One of the most efficient methods of recovery is something we all do daily: Breathing.
Slow, deep breathing can not only enhance the body’s ability to recover from a bout of exercise and prepare for the next session but there are additional benefits -- Research has shown a decrease in blood pressure, nervous system activity and an overall calming effect when deep breathing is practiced. In return you will see an improvement in digestion and physiologic efficiency.
What is good, slow deep breathing and when should you do it?
One popular method is to lie or sit down in a comfortable position. Take a deep breath by inhaling through the nose for 4 seconds, hold for about 7 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat the process for 4 cycles. It is important upon inhaling that you inhale deep into the navel and waist as if blowing up a balloon in your belly. Hold and then exhale slowly. Go at your own pace and whatever feels comfortable.
Enjoy the new found relaxation with slow deep breathing and see what impact it has for you.
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