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3 Breathing Exercises for Weight Loss and Improved Fitness

Obesity is a serious disease that can have a negative effect on many systems in the body.

People who are obese or overweight have a much greater risk of developing serious conditions, such as:

  • joint and bone disease;
  • type 2 diabetes mellitus;
  • heart disease.

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES):

  • about 1 in 6 children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity;
  • about 1 in 13 adults were considered to have extreme obesity;
  • more than 1 in 3 adults were considered to have obesity;
  • more than 2 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight or have obesity;
  • more than 1 in 3 adults were considered to be overweight.

Based on the latest estimates in the European Union, overweight affects 30 to 70 percent and obesity affects 10 to 30 percent of adults

Nowadays, there are plenty of ways you can lose weight, from the strangest – injections of urine, gastric intubation, gadgets counting calories – to the simplest, such as breathing exercises.

If you learn to breathe properly, you will succeed not only to fight stress, to relax and have more energy but also to lose weight easily.

It sounds strange to hear that you can lose those extra pounds just inhaling and exhaling air, but experts think that this method is more effective than others.

Would you be willing to test this unique method of slimming with breathing exercises?

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3 Breathing Exercises For Weight Loss:

#1 Abdominal Breathing

Abdominal breathing helps you lose weight with less effort than other methods.

A study undertaken two years ago showed that 70% of the pounds we lose are not lost through sport, but through breathing.

Many people don’t breathe fully, but use only 5-10% of lung capacity charged with air.

Correct breathing starts from the abdomen and helps training the abdominal muscle.

To do this breathing exercise sit on a chair, straighten your back and place one hand on your abdomen and one on the chest. Inhale slowly and deeply, hold the air for several seconds, then exhale just as slowly.

This exercise determines the abdominal muscles to relax and to tense.

Some Hollywood stars have managed to lose weight with the help of abdominal breathing exercises, except that they didn’t try it sitting on a chair, but singing.

When you sing, the abdomen trains the abdominal muscles, shapes your muscles as you practice it.

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#2 Stimulating BreathingStimulating Breathing exercise

Stimulating Breathing is an excellent exercise if you want to lose weight, or if you want to have a good feeling all day.

Sit on a chair with your back straight.

Shut up and relax.

Inhale and exhale rapidly, tensing and relaxing the abdomen.

Do this breathing exercise for a few minutes, every morning and evening.

The best part of this exercise is that you can do it even when you are at work or during your lunch break.

Experts say that if you do this exercise for 15 minutes every day you lose weight and there is no need to go to the gym.

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#3 Deep Breathing

Fitness instructors say that your body doesn’t lose weight if it isn’t properly oxygenated. Therefore, you should learn how to fight the lack of oxygen from the tissues.

Proper breathing helps you lose weight without having to move from a chair or bed.

Deep breathing helps to oxygenate all cells, increases breathing capacity, facilitates digestion, stimulates blood circulation, and accelerates fat burning.

This simple breathing technique helps you find your inner balance and fights with the appetite hormones, like cortisol and ghrelin.

Final Words

For even better results, do deep breathing exercises while listening to ambient music and relax with aromatherapy.

Here are five essential oils that will give you that extra boost that you need to lose weight fast – cinnamon oil, ginger oil, grapefruit oil, lemon oil, and peppermint oil.

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