My first trial is going to be all about breathing and seeing what effect using regular breathing techniques have on me in all areas including energy levels, frame of mind, weight, physical fitness, emotional state etc.
I’ve read about and been shown various breathing techniques from a variety of people. I remember a couple of years ago a Hindu priest telling me that even though I exercise a lot the reason I wasn’t losing weight was because I wasn’t breathing correctly. That was the first moment that the power of deep breathing sparked my interest.
I’ve read about a few techniques but I’ve opted to test out the one that Tony Robbins often talks about which includes deep diaphragmatic breathing and using the system of 1-4-2. In for a ratio of 1, hold for 4 and out for 2. E.g. Inhale for 5 seconds, hold it for 20 and then release for 10 seconds. You can choose any amount of time you like so long as you stick to the 1-4-2 ratio. So you could inhale for 8 seconds, hold for 32 and breath out for 16 seconds.
Many people breath from chest and therefore only utilise the upper portion of the lungs when they have a much greater capacity. The way to use the entire capacity of the lungs and fully oxygenate the body is to make sure your stomach is coming out as you breath. Your organs are literally being pushed out to make way for the diaphragm to fully expand and then fill the entire lungs with air.
The theory behind this is that physically we have 3 core needs and I’ve put them in order of importance based on how long we could survive without each one.
1) Breathing – We can only survive at most a few minutes without oxygen and so breathing correctly is vital to life.
2) Drinking Water – We can only survive a maximum of 24 – 48hours without waters and so water is essential for us as the body is also 65% made up of water
3) Eating – We can survive a few months without eating so eating well is also essential.
My plan is to incorporate the 1-4-2 rule into my daily routine for a repetition of 10, 3 times a day. Once in the morning, once in the afternoon and finally once in the evening or just before bed. I will also be carefully monitoring myself throughout the day to make sure that I am breathing correctly as even while writing this I just noticed that I was breathing through my chest.
Here comes the science bit…
The theory is that we of course have a special mechanism that pumps blood around the body called the heart however the lymph system has no such pump. The way to activate the lymph system is through deep breathing and movement. I do plenty of exercise anyway so I thought the next step would be to incorporate the regular deep breathing as part of my routine.
I’ll be posting up my results over the coming month and will be keeping you all abreast of my results!