BREATHING AS WE LOOK AT IT-
We know you are one us who have started believing that Yoga is the most helpful thing which one can opt for, in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle and a stronger thinking mindset. Without a second thought, Yoga HAS definitely revolutionized the Healthcare industry.
However, there are a few questions we need to ask ourselves before coming to a logical conclusion.
Is 15mins a day of Yoga, all that our body requires?
Our body is solely OUR responsibility and if we want to achieve a perfect fitment of physical and mental agility, we need to ensure – every body part has ample energy to function well.
This would mean looking beyond a few asanas a day to maintaining a healthy and synchronized breathing alongwith building stamina for the lungs to function well.
Moreover, in the present pandemic scenario, it is apparent that they only key to survival is to strengthen our lungs and increase their functioning capacity. Lungs are an integral body part which are easily affected by the pollution or other underlying issues which can have detrimental consequences to our health.
This calls out for a very interesting and relevant question is today’s times- are we only learning breathing exercises through Pranayama or is there another way that we can channel our energy and breathing while increasing stamina?
Well, the answer lies in the fact that Recent studies have shown that RUNNERS have a larger capacity of the respiratory system, when compared to their age-matched sedentary controls. The best way to breathe while running is to inhale and exhale using both your nose and mouth combined. This will keep your breathing pattern steady and engage your diaphragm for maximum oxygen intake, allowing you to expel carbon dioxide quickly.
WHAT IS BETTER THAN PRANAYAMA?
Let us think about the million dollar question in our minds- what can be better than Pranayama?
The answer is RUNNING. Yes, you got that right indeed!
Your childhood fun activity is the modern day mantra for a healthy lifestyle. Running trains your body to breathe in a rhythmic fashion, at the same time, making you physically agile and stronger. We needn’t rely only on YOGA for deep breathing when we are actually practicing this while running and building our stamina, in the process. In Yoga, we are performing stretching and breathing, whilst our body stays at one place which is in striking contrast to Running.
Many of us might not believe this but let us bring to you a fact from NCBI “Regular physical activity like running and exercise improves the quality of life, whether you are healthy or you have a lung condition.
Many people associate keeping fit with maintaining a healthy heart, losing weight and reducing the risk of illnesses such as diabetes, but exercise also helps keep lungs healthy”.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RUN?
Firstly, the endurance capacity of your lungs- including the diaphragm and intercostal muscles increases, allowing deeper, fuller and more efficient breaths when you run. Secondly , runners tend to grow more capillaries, which means oxygen is supplied to the muscles quicker and timely.
Last and most importantly, the more you run, the more your alveoli grow – which lies at the center of your respiratory system’s gas exchange. The alveoli pick up the incoming oxygen you breathe in and release the outgoing waste product you exhale.
OTHER INTERESTING BENEFITS OF RUNNING-
Rohit is employed at an IT firm as a Senior Product Manager. As they say, let us hear it directly from the horse’s mouth – “ I was leading a sedentary lifestyle with very little physical exercise as the nature of my work required me to work on the laptop for a minimum of 8 -10 hours a day. My eating schedules were irregular and due to back- to- back calls and sitting on my workstation for long hours, I had piled on 15 kgs weight and was having sever health issues like obesity, lethargy and generally breathing was becoming very difficult. My friend enrolled me in a Yoga session in our society. I must say- I was able to channel my breathing and practice stretching of the muscles but this did not solve the health hazard I was heading towards. Then a colleague suggested me to join Running and Voila! In just 2 months time, not only have I been able to breathe well, but I ended up losing those wooping extra kilos while maintaining a healthy work life balance. I then realized that when I ran, my body was releasing hormones called endorphins. I now understood that endorphins were the chemicals behind what they popularly call as Runner’s High!”
Physical exercise in any form- will stand to benefit our health and make us more active.
However, running burns far more calories per minute than yoga, meaning it helps you maintain a healthy breathing, agility , endurance , not ignoring the fact that it makes you lose weight at a much faster rate.
So dear Readers, what are we waiting for?
Let’s quicky get into those shoes and pull our socks to experience the phenomenon that can change our life FOREVER. Let us make Running a way of life and get to live the benefits that many of our fellow Runners have begun to enjoy.