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Breathing Exercises That Increase Metabolism

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Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.
Breathing Exercises That Increase Metabolism
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The rate at which your body burns or uses oxygen and fuels is called metabolism. Metabolism is a necessary part of the strength and endurance of muscles, organs and tissues in the body. Following vigorous exercise, the metabolism increases, allowing the stronger, larger muscles to able to consume oxygen more efficiently; and helping burn additional calories for weight loss. A few simple breathing exercises may also help increase your metabolic rate and burn more calories for weight loss and weight loss maintenance.

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises and techniques offered through yoga offer increased oxygen flow through the body, essential for fat burn and cellular efficiency. Deep breathing yoga exercises, such as pranayama, may help you learn how to control the depth and efficiency of your breaths, and to help prevent shallow breathing, which decreases oxygenation. Breathing techniques such as the Conqueror Breath, the Alternate Nostril Breath and the Kumbhaka pranayama, known as breath retention, allow you to acknowledge how you're breathing, according to "Yoga Journal," and help supply your body with adequate amounts of oxygen for optimal function.

Cellular Metabolism

The speed at which your body burns oxygen or fuel for fat burning benefits depends on how well your body utilizes oxygen, according to Idea Fit. For example, you may breath quick and shallow, or deep and full. Each oxygenates the body, though deep, full breaths offer greater ability for you to control how your brain regulates the amount of oxygen your body receives. This allows you to have greater control over your autonomic nervous system, rather than relying on the body to regulate oxygen flow itself.

Breathing Awareness Exercises

Pay attention to how you breathe by engaging in breathing awareness exercises. For example, place one hand on your chest or stomach where you detect the most movement when you breathe. If you can't feel this movement, you're not breathing deeply enough. Sitting tall, inhale through your nose, this time making sure that the shoulders move back, the chest expands and the abdominal wall expands during your breath. This will help you understand which muscles and movements are essential for full expansion of the lungs. Exhale through your mouth. Repeat this exercise several times for the best benefits of cellular oxygenation.

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