Having a proper flow of oxygen is important not only for your physical health but also for your brain.
Actively performing exercises that oxygenate your brain might help you be more assertive, make decisions faster, and plan better strategies.
Here are the three exercises you can practice to improve the flow of oxygen in your brain.
- Running: If you are not used to running, we recommend starting by walking and then jogging. If running is not what you’re used to, it’s important that you prepare adequately before running. Running regularly, if you learn proper breathing techniques, will make your brain need more oxygen, and your body will deliver. It might be tiring at first, but once you get better at it, it can be very relaxing. It’s also important to follow safety rules, and that you protect yourself wearing a mask and keeping your distance from everyone else if you are running outside.
- Yoga: Practicing yoga is an excellent way to create a connection between body, mind, and soul. Although yoga is generally associated with relaxation, the following exercise specifically is ideal to oxygenate your brain: Sit with your legs crossed and your back straight. Cover your right nostril with your thumb, and your left nostril with your index finger. Free the left nostril first, inhale and hold your breath for 5 seconds. Then, cover the left nostril again, and uncover the right one to exhale. Hold your breath for another five seconds, and inhale through that nostril. Repeat this exercise at least ten times. Besides oxygenating your brain, this exercise can help you increase your lung capacity and decrease your levels of stress.
- Meditating: Studies have shown that most adults breathe using only 30% of their lung capacity, and from the top of the chest, where breathing capacity is lower. Since the majority of tensions build up in the abdominal area, adults breathe unawarely in a sort of survival style of breathing, in which they breathe less air than the ideal. Meditating usually includes conscious breathing, in which the air reaches as far down as it can go before exiting the body, thus oxygenating your brain properly, and making it easier to think.
Although the way in which we breathe is often not given a second thought, it makes a huge impact on the way we live our lives and the decisions that we make.
We hope you give these exercises a try and begin breathing consciously, knowing that this can affect not only your physical health but also your overall mood and lifestyle.
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