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Make a conscious effort to incorporate fresh air and deep breathing techniques into your daily life.

Exercise and Breathing are key to a healthy lifestyle and easy to maintain if you are involved in a sport or training in the Martial Arts. If you want to live healthy, it is as important to breathe, as it is to eat well. Sounds simple enough, but wait . . .

All four components (fresh air, clean water, healthy foods, and rest) are required in equal measure. You cannot live healthy by leaving one of them out. For a good exercise program, you are required to exercise at least three times a week for a minimum of one half-hour. Many believe once a day is preferable.

Personally, I enjoy running, swimming or biking 30-60 minutes when I feel like it. Usually this is in the morning, but I often rotate to evenings. This habit of flexibility in my routine gives me new ideas and motivates me for the actions I need to take for the day or plan for tomorrow. It is also a time for some private reflection. I often bring an audio player so I can listen to books on success or music that helps get me in the right state of mind. If you are inflexible, it can lead to stagnation or boredom. Flexibility allows you to take your schedule, the weather, and your mood into account. Being rigid and inflexible leads to stagnation, boredom, and the temptation to give up on your regimen.

Taking it on the road.

If you travel a lot, consider exercise alternatives such as jumping rope or old school calisthenics. These exercises can be done pretty much anywhere, and cost almost nothing. Remember, too, that most hotels and motel chains now offer gyms for use by their guests, as well as swimming pools.

Ten minutes of jumping rope is equal to one-half hour of jogging and when you travel it can easily be carried with you. You might want to mix up the exercises throughout the week. This is great if you get bored easily doing the same workout each day. For example, you can bike one day, swim another, and jog the next. Either way, “Just do it.” Do not use the excuse of being on the road for slacking on your exercise regimen. You can use the principles explained later in this book to help get you into action.

The best strategy is to find something you enjoy that you can do on a regular basis. If you don’t enjoy it, you are not likely to do it regularly or for any length of time. If we took action and just did what we knew we should do, parents, employers, leaders, and coaches would be far less in demand.

Exercise gets our lungs into action and helps us increase deep breathing, thus providing our bodies with high quality oxygen.

You don’t have to exercise, however, to supply your body with a healthy dose of air (oxygen). Whether you are trapped behind your desk at the office, stuck in traffic, or waiting in line at the market, you can practice the art of breathing.

How to breathe:

Thought you knew how to breathe? It comes naturally, right? Not necessarily. Pause for a moment and take a deep breath, in through the nose (expand the diaphragm) and hold for 20-60 seconds and then exhale through the mouth for 20-60 seconds. As the old saying goes: In with the good, out with the bad.

In the Martial Science, we end classes using the above breathing pattern as well as the ones described below:

  • Breathe in fast and out fast
  • Breathe in slow and out fast
  • Breathe in fast and out slow
  • Breathe in slow and out slow

To get the most out of breathing, take time for three to nine sessions each day. They only take a few minutes to perform and can be done when you are in the elevator, driving to or from work, on your break, or anytime you need a quick pick-me-up. Just as you can improve your health by improving the quality of your diet, think of breathing as you would your meals, consuming them three-six times a day. You will be amazed at how much better and more energetic you will feel.

Quality air

In addition to proper breathing exercises, it is also important to have proper airflow in your home and office. Be sure to open the windows and allow fresh air into your daily life on a regular (if not constant) basis.

You are more than the skin that shapes your face. Inside of that shell, you have over a trillion cells that require oxygen. The healthier the cells (the parts of you), the stronger and healthier you will be as a whole. This is perfect synergy and the foundational philosophy of the Mental Martial Art System of Winjitsu.

When you breathe, you are cleansing the body. Clean air in, toxins out. However, if you are breathing old used air, this process is less effective. Just as if you were to feed your body old, stale food with no nutrients. Your cells need to be fed the right air too.

Winjitsu Work Out

Sit up straight, hold your shoulders back, close your eyes, and practice deep breathing. Do it right now. Then go open a window and allow fresh air into your life. (Be sure to open your eyes first!)

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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