As is typical when the new year rolls around, people are making resolutions to be healthy and to lose weight. This is a good thing, although continuing to follow through with them is a good thing, too. (Good intentions don’t make you lose weight. I wish it were that easy, but let’s not fool ourselves.)
Along those lines, Mango-Man sent me an article called “Healthful Resolutions: Breathing”, with the summary saying breathing exercises are portable, free, and help you manage unhealthy stress. I couldn’t be bothered to read the article, because I’m already pretty good at breathing, if I may say so. I’ve been breathing successfully for, um, a number of years now. The actual number isn’t so important. It’s been a lot of years, with the caveat that it’s not a LOT.
I’m not saying certain breathing techniques can’t help you feel better, especially if you’re exercising — there are techniques that can help. But there are better ways of removing stress than just breathing. For starters, laughing does the heart good, like a medicine. That’s the primary purpose of this blog: to enjoy life more. So if you want to feel better, deal with your problems as best you can, and find ways to laugh more. I was going to say “and don’t forget about the breathing part”, but you don’t have to think about it, because it happens naturally already.
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BTW, while searching for this image, I came across an article that says:
Deep breathing exercises are a great way to lose tummy fat around your waist and get slim without strenuous workouts that seem to do more harm than good that or portable, which mean you can do them anywhere you go.
That’s the actual text to start the article. Then on the same page was this image, explaining that you can get ripped abs in only minutes a day, that some 50-year-old Japanese guy lost 28 pounds and 5 inches from his waist in only 50 days with this diet. And supposedly it’s “similar to Bruce Lee’s dragon breathing technique”. So that’s how he was so fit! I never knew it was so easy! So if I just do this 1 minute long breath diet, I’ll have ripped abs like Bruce Lee. Amazing! I always figured he had to do hours of weightlifting and fitness training to be so buff. There’s no telling what you’ll learn just from surfing the Internet a few minutes a day… That same page also had a Karaoke Diet. Maybe we need to invent our own diets!