Most elderly health and fitness books really miss the point when it comes to losing belly fat and lowering blood pressure. Nearly every article and book on the shelf preaches the same approach to stomach alignment and lowering blood pressure: diet and exercise.
I used this theory until I got to know a former fitness trainer who left my class to study yoga and pilates. Within a few months, it went from quite curvaceous to very thin. When I asked him what he was doing, he explained that he had been practicing postures and catching his breath for about three months. And little or no cardio exercise.
Then I had to take another look at my training course. So I reread the old yoga book by Selvajan Yesudian and Elizabeth Haych.
Yesudian tells the story of a 40 year old woman in the office who can’t answer. He has tried several exercises, including boxing and weight loss formulas (such as laxative teas), but to no avail. When he approached Yesudian, he had taught him yoga breathing and how to use it while swimming. As he swam, he noticed that he was holding his breath rather than the normal way of breathing to crawl on the front.
Then the yoga teacher realized that the woman’s metabolism had been altered by her breathing pattern. It is reported that this irregular breathing can affect the thyroid gland and lead to weight gain or loss.
When Yesudian taught the woman how to do front crawling with two breaths, she began to lose weight. £ 10 the first month and £ 8 the following month.
Now, with fitness training in the western world, we are always told to exhale while exercising. Respiratory failure during stress, known as the Valsalva Manuvere, can lead to high blood pressure and high blood pressure. But we don’t learn more about breathing! Nothing can lower blood pressure or weight.
How do some people develop correct breathing patterns?
Short answer: Some are studied independently at a young age. Some of them are genetic.
So it is not the fault of the elderly who gain weight and / or experience high blood pressure.
This author has looked at how changing breathing improves performance during fitness classes. Many beginners can’t breathe. Only a few can adapt if it takes a few weeks. They start breathing during exercise. This is the exact same advice that is given to some asthmatics. You will be taught the importance of exhaling. Very easy. (But it’s not easy.)
Try this experiment.
Take a deep breath, hold it, and try to lean forward at the waist. You may immediately feel redness on your face, lumps in your temples, and maybe even dizziness. (Note: don’t do this if you are prone to dizzying spells.)
Then breathe normally.
Then do the same movement. Take a deep breath this time, then release it as you lean forward at the waist. Exhale completely, then exhale more air. Then a little more. When you stand up, instead of inhaling, let the air fill your lungs.
It may take several attempts to achieve proper flow. It is important not to be disappointed if you are doing this for the first time. Calm down, focus, take a deep breath, and start again. Stop and repeat the process until you can gasp five times.
Now this movement bends the spine, stimulates blood flow and stimulates digestion. So it has very little to do with burning calories.
The next step is to add deep, deep breaths to activities like walking, jogging, rowing, swimming or whatever. It’s that simple if you do it five days a week or more. 15 minutes each. It’s not a joke. I have seen it work many times. Have fun.