Take a Breath & Let It Go: It’s a Challenge!

Thursdays on the GETFIERCE page are all about challenging ourselves. These challenges are meant to build ourselves up, to feel good, to be strong and to grow! This week’s challenge is all about taking a breather.

9 Reasons to Take a Breath

1. Breathing Detoxifies and Releases Toxins

Your body is designed to release 70% of its toxins through breathing. If you are not breathing effectively, you are not properly ridding your body of its toxins.

2. Breathing Releases Tension

Think how your body feels when you are tense, angry or stressed. Your muscles get tight and your breathing becomes shallow. When your breathing is shallow you are not getting the amount of oxygen that your body needs.

3. Breathing Relaxes the Mind/Body and Brings Clarity

Oxygenation of the brain reduces excessive anxiety levels. Paying attention to your breathing. By breathing slowly, deeply purposefully into your body you relax your body. You may also find that the breathing brings clarity and insights to you as well.

5. Breathing Relieves Pain.

You may not realize its connection to how you think, feel and experience life. For example, what happens to your breathing when you anticipate pain? You probably hold your breath (like when you get a shot at the doc). Yet studies show that breathing into your pain helps to ease it (Think Lamaze!)

6. Breathing Increases Muscle

Breathing is the oxygenation process to all of the cells in your body. With the supply of oxygen to the brain this increases the muscles in your body (GETFIERCE)

7. Breathing Strengthens the Immune System

Oxygen travels through your bloodstream by attaching to hemoglobin in your red blood cells. This in turn then enriches your body to metabolize nutrients and vitamins.

8. Proper Breathing Assists in Weight Control

The extra oxygen burns up the excess fat more efficiently if you are overweight. If you are underweight, the extra oxygen feeds the starving tissues and glands.

9. Breathing Elevates Moods

Breathing increase pleasure-inducing neurochemicals in the brain to elevate moods and combat physical pain

Week 14 Challenge: Inhale & Exhale

When you start to feel stressed this week I want you to stop and then take a deep breath. Breathe in and out slowly and deeply. Start to feel the breath enter your body and feel it release that tension. This can be done at any moment, morning, night, in the middle of a meeting. Breathe…it’s SO simple and so easy to add into our lives.

Post in the comments section to lemme know how YOUR breathing’s going.

It’s a Challenge Thursday: Past Challenges

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