We know stress ages the body, so steer clear whenever you can. Start by taking 5 deep breaths per hour all day long – keeping your blood oxygenated, your mind sharp and clear, and your body completely out of stress mode.
Another, more intense method of breathing to combat both stress and skin ageing is to very gently breathe in until your lungs are full, hold the breath for a few seconds (don’t force it), and gently breathe out, completely emptying the lungs. You will find this exercise hugely energising. It also enhances concentration and skin repair, a double winner.
Lungs shrink as we age. In fact, lung cells die off faster than we can replace them. Research indicates we lose 45% of your lung capacity by age 70.
So fill your lungs with rich oxygen, and allow your blood to convey more nutrients to all parts of your body; strong lungs deliver a quicker recovery from sickness or injury, along with a younger visage.
Different types of breathing (the details) :
– Conscious breathing is the first step in meditating. Close your eyes and think of the breath going in and out of your body. You are meditating!
– Belly breathing is easy (and fabulous for digestion). Simply lay on your back in a comfortable position and place your hands on your belly. As you inhale, fill your belly with air, and feel it rise underneath your hands for a count of 3 or 4.
As you exhale, feel your belly sink toward the ground, and make this exhale last a beat or two longer than your inhale. You should almost immediately start feeling more relaxed. Repeat this several times, then try it standing up!
– Alternate nostril breathing is a mainstay of some types of yoga. It has been shown to help brain clarity and concentration. It’s simple after you get the hang of it.
Push all of the spent air out of your body through your nostrils (don’t force it, just gently exhale).
Use your right thumb to firmly press your right nostril closed, and gently take a breath through your left nostril.
Next push your right ring finger to close your left nostril (as below), lift your thumb and breathe out through your right nostril, then breathe in again through the right nostril.
Pause for a second, then repeat the other way around.
After a few rounds, gently return to breathing normally through both nostrils and note how marvelous you feel!
Breathe easy, the choice is yours.