Breathe-in is the NEW ‘work out’

Helping LS26 to feel fitter and healthier! – with Angela Graham

Is your exercise plan making you FAT and STRESSED?

Does your typical day look anything like this:?

• snooze the early alarm
• lacklustre start to the day
• need coffee to get going
• sometimes miss breakfast or eat on the go
• rushing & late to work, stuck in traffic,
• more coffee at work
• often work through lunch and eat at your desk/ in the office.
• stare at a computer screen
• lunch is often a sandwich, pasta or salad in a plastic container.
• finish work late or take work home
• debate whether to go to the gym or exercise.
• get home feeling tired still stressing about work or chores
• get kids fed and to bed
• beer/glass of wine with dinner
• feet up and relax for an hour or two before bed.
• nosey on social media till late
• get to bed after 1030, interrupted sleep. Up early.
• and….. REPEAT

We have all heard of fight or flight, where a mother has enough strength to lift a car off a trapped child. What we may not realise is most of us are in a constant state of fight or flight which affects the adrenal and possibly our New Years health and fitness resolutions.

It is well documented and researched that there is a link between Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) and abdominal fat but I’d also like to share that prolonged periods of the body being out of homeostasis can lead to dis~ease.

Working out is quite simply also a stress on the body. If the body is already under a lot of stress or physiological load then this stress can add to the existing load and become negative stress which in turn can lead to muscle breakdown and difficulty in losing fat.   

(Check the diagram below to see if you have and of the signs and symptoms)

Try Mindful Breathing

The main aim is to balance the autonomic nervous system and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. In turn we stimulate a more yang energy by simply taking some full and deep mindful breathes. Every expert has their own opinion but I simply believe that we should be able to consciously direct our breath in 4 areas of the diaphragm

In my experience most clients breath in to the neck which can cause tension in the upper back as well as knots due to activating the emergency respiratory muscles. Sound familiar? Have a look at my photo and place a Pilates block or a book in to the 3 areas shown. Try moving the block upwards by inhaling through the nose and then down by exhaling though mouth. Start with 5 breathes in each area. Video available on YouTube. Try 5 counts inhalation and exhalation to begin with. Just trying this method is a fantastic mindfulness exercise as well as a kick start to achieving more homeostasis

 

If you have any questions on this article, or wellbeing and health in general that you think Angela can help you with, please use the comments section below

For a bit more information on Angela, check out her website here – www.angelagrahamvitality.co.uk

 

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