The main benefit of any kind of exercising is that it makes us breathe heavily and processes oxygen into our systems.
No matter what kind of exercise we’re doing, it depends for that ultimate benefit on our ability to process the oxygen as we practice.
When posture is out of alignment, skeletal muscles are strained, tension prevails throughout the system, the lungs become restricted, circulation slows down, and the energy just isn’t there to meet the demand.
Even though the person is fit enough to perform, she’s impeding that performance with the blockages and diversions that waste the energy on inappropriate effort.
The same goes for when you’re at work, or doing some activity you should be enjoying, and you find yourself getting tense, distracted and out of focus.
Postural misalignment and unhealthy breathing patterns will trump you every time.
Which is why your posture and breathing are fundamental to your fitness, your health, your well-being.
When posture is aligned and breathing is efficient, your system responds with energy, resilience and great strength.
Sometimes an athlete thinks his legs are not strong enough for his sport. I’ve seen this. On examination, his posture is off kilter, his breathing is shallow and rapid, into the upper chest, and he hasn’t got the breathing ability to ventilate his system adequately. When this has been addressed, his performance has improved and he has reached the level of which he always thought himself capable.
A huge factor in performance is recovery.
Fitness development takes place not on the gym floor, or on the practice pitch, or on the road on which you’re running, but after the workout, when your body is recovering and repairing itself.
That’s when the factors of repair and revitalisation come in. That’s when you need to think of OWN…..Oxygen, Water, Nourishment.
As the body rests, all the factors and powers of physical repair and protection kick in and prepare the body for future efforts.
Nourishment by good nutrition is needed for the repair of the cells, water is needed to hydrate, to transport nutrients, and excrete wastes, and oxygen is essential for all the chemical reactions to take place.
The nourishment we get from the food, the water we get from the place of choice, and the only way we can get oxygen into our blood is to make sure we are breathing correctly for purpose.
That’s why posture and breathing or prime factors in fitness, health, and wellbeing.
Most people make the effort to hydrate well and make sure they get their proteins and their vitamins, but unless they have an adequate amount of oxygen in the system, those good nutrients won’t get transmuted into healthy body tissue.
So, for a sound foundation in the skill of Healthy Living, train your posture, regulate your breathing patterns.