4 Steps to Feel more alive today, in around 10 minutes
If there’s any kind of tip that I love to share and pass along, it’s those ones that help me feel alive, energetic, full of life and energy. And this one definitely falls into that category. It’s not hard work, it’s not a cold shower, and it doesn’t involve any leg squats, wall presses or awkward moves. It’s very simple, actually, and can be done in so many different places that there’s a great chance you’ll be able to test it out today! Maybe even right now..
Firstly, I want to make it clear that this isn’t a crazy concoction from my own mind – it’s based on research and has been shared through popular life coaching channels over the last 15 years. So it’s not the newest thing around. But if you haven’t tried it before, it’s likely that it’s what you’ll be talking about like crazy in the next few days.
The easiest way to try is to take a short walk. Nothing too strenuous – forget about stair-climbing, hill-hiking or greyhound-chasing. A simple walk around the block will do.. and if it’s cold think about an alternative inside that has you moving, but not puffed out.
This move if a simple combination of breathing in, holding your breath and then breathing out.
So, to start with, you want to start counting a regular pace in your head. If you’re walking, it’s easy, just count on each step, or every second step, whatever is most comfortable for you.
Get moving, and take a nice deep breath in. Note how many ‘counts’ it takes. It might be 2 – we’ll use 2 paces for this example.
Quickly figure out these numbers:
- 1 x number of paces
- 4 x number of paces
- 2 x number of paces
Now you have how long you will breathe:
- Breathing in
- Holding that breath
- Breathing out
So, for our example, we get:
- 2 paces breath in
- 8 paces hold breath
- 4 paces breath out
Your’s might be the same, it might be different. You don’t want to push yourself too far with any of the breathing/holding/exhaling phases.
Put your numbers to work! Do this breathing sequence just 10 times, and you will feel a big difference. Focus on really getting your stomach involved – it does the deep breathing for you by pulling your lungs open and compressing them when you breathe out.
It’s really that simple. You got the whole lot right there, but don’t think that this doesn’t have powerful effects. This simple motion, with the diaphragm and the belly moving provides increased blood flow to organs, as well as helping to pump lymph around the body, which is great news for your immune system. Unlike your blood, lymph doesn’t have a central ‘pump’ like the heart – it relies on muscular movements to move around lymph fluid through the body. Deep breathing helps your body guard against bacteria, viruses and even cancer, The Cleveland Clinic has suggested. The other important benefit is that a short round of deep breathing has been found to reduce stress levels and help increase focus and concentration, and with lower stress levels comes an enhanced immune function. Personally, I find my digestion seems to feel less restricted and more relaxed once I do this in the morning.
So there’s no reason to delay! Get breathing now and you’ll be hooked.
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