How To Improve Your Mood And Health
With Deep Breathing Exercises
by: Tim Webb
It is relatively well known now that exercise releases
endorphins that can help to pull you out of a bad mood
and to aid in alleviating depression. However, mental
fatigue and depression are hard moods to simply overcome.
You may not wish to train for forty-five minutes to an
hour. It might be too hard to even get down to the gym
for this to occur!
Here is a good idea, instead of looking at your workout
session in terms of an hour each time, shorten it.
Plan just fifteen minutes!
Change the manner in which you train. All you need is
your body, (preferably fresh) air, and your ability to
breathe. You can do simple health and mood-enhancing routines
at home in a very short time.
A good tip is to avoid doing exercises that require minutes
in between to recover. Make sure you are constantly doing
physical activity for those fifteen minutes. This will
keep your mind occupied and remove the chance of thinking
about what it is that is bothering you. Those nagging
problems wont have an opportunity to take hold of
you training in this manner.
By the time you have reached fifteen minutes of continual
movement through deep breathing exercises those endorphins
will have kicked in and youll be feeling great!
No need for an hour of gym based training.
Now, after you have done this for just fifteen minutes,
perhaps you will want to go to the gym. Perhaps you will
want to do more. Or perhaps not.
The point is this. If you allot fifteen minutes each and
every day to simple body movement and breathing exercises
you will feel a lot better than if you just go to the
gym twice a week for forty five minutes and while there
you train in a disjointed fashion!
Essentially be your own gym. If you learn certain health
and mood improving deep breathing exercises you at least
have a choice. Either just do them for ten or fifteen
minutes each day or do them and do a standard gym session.
In essence, you utilise your breath to wake you up and
get the endorphins to kick in so to speak, and this provides
the impetus to do more.
Beginning is half done. When you awaken yourself using
deep breathing exercises you are much more likely to want
to take the day by storm!
Try the following examples for easy to do, and access,
exercises using nothing more than your ability to breath
and using simple body movements.
Standing up straight, hands by your side, expel all the
air from your lungs. Raise the hands, bringing palms together
above the head, making a full inhalation at the same time.
From this position slowly allow your arms to drop back
down to your sides while expelling all the air from your
lungs. Try this ten times.
Standing normally swing your arms forward while rising
up on your toes. While doing this inhale deeply. Then
as your arms swing back and behind your body bring your
heels down and exhale. Make this a dynamic movement. Perform
for twenty to thirty repetitions.
Standing normally inhale deeply while gently bridging
backwards (not too far!) and then bend forwards exhaling
all the air from your lungs. Come back to normal standing
position and repeat ten times.
Try these three for now focusing upon breath first and
body movement second. Use them as a short circuit in the
morning or any time you need a mood enhancer or quick
increase in energy levels!
Have at it!
© Tim Webb 2005
About The Author
Tim Webb is a fitness instructor, Ju Jutsu instructor
and competitor. He specialises in easily accessible deep
breathing exercises that combine breath and mind together.
His site BreathForSuccess.com offers a product that provides
deep breathing exercises for invigorating yourself, relaxing,
and highlights how your breath can be tied in with your
goals to move you towards them in record time! Tim can
be contacted at Timmy@beww45.fsnet.co.uk.