The Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

The Benefits of Diaphragmatic Breathing

As Kenny mentioned in Sunday’s blog post, a few CFLA coaches had the opportunity to experience a life-changing breathing and performance seminar over the weekend.  Some of what was covered was a review to me as I had educated myself on chest vs. diaphragmatic breathing several years ago when combatting IBS without medication, and it was great to put what was learned to work.  CFLA is going to start implementing breath work into context, but it goes beyond basic breathing and I wanted to share some of the beneficial effects of diaphragmatic breathing with the community. 

It balances out your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, allowing your body to function more optimally. It helps reduce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are more often than not elevated due to stress-filled work environments and a lack of sleep. Some other effects are:

        Helps lower blood pressure, and therefore the risk of heart disease

        Helps lower blood sugar, and therefore the risk of diabetes

        Releases serotonin, which not only makes you feel good, but can reduce cravings for processed carbohydrates and other junk food

        Eliminates free radicals from the body, improving cellular function and lifespan

        Increases the secretion of growth hormone and slows the aging process

        Improves mental focus and clarity by increasing blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex of your brain

        Improves sleep quality

        Facilitates weight loss by balancing stress hormones with anabolic hormones

Your coaches are hard at work developing a proper introduction into our program, so stay tuned!

Wednesday’s Workout:
Competition

4 RFT
10 Alt. Pistols
20 DB Snatches (55/40)

And Coming Thursday:
Practice

A) 5 RFQR (:30:30)
Box jumps (24/20)
Toes to bar
Power cleans (50-55%)
Rest

B) 3 RFQ on the 4:00
200m Run
5 Deadlifts (70-75%)
–2min cap–

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