The importance of breathing well
Breathing is strictly related to our posture. If we keep a hunched position during most of the day, while we sit in front of a computer or in the car, our lungs are constricted and our chest cannot expand effectively. The diaphragm, which is a muscle, ends up being “squeezed” in an unnatural space and is “forgotten”, making us breathe shallowly through our chest.
Excess abdominal fat limits diaphragm movement, and fat around the chest prevents it from expanding when breathing. This condition makes breathing very hard, leading to strain of respiratory muscles, and a far greater expenditure of energy than necessary.
When we are stressed, we suffer from a mental, emotional and physical overload. In this condition, our breathing becomes shorter and shallower. We tend to breathe exclusively with the higher part of our chest, thus limiting oxygen supply to our body and triggering a chain reaction to the detriment of our well-being. When we are afraid or anxious, we tend to hold our breath: this causes an accumulation of carbon dioxide which, in turn, causes stress to our nervous system.