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Breathing comes naturally, until it does not. Most of us have forgotten how to breathe properly and often do it in a very shallow way. Recent research on the benefits of deep breathing include the reduction of stress, improvement of the immune system, better digestion, higher quality sleep and increase in energy.

To breathe properly we need to use our diaphragm, which is a muscle at the base of the chest that assists our breathing. Experts suggest that we take long, deep breaths on a regular basis by contracting and expanding our diaphragm.

Another important breathing habit is to always breathe through the nose. The benefits of doing this includes the reduction of foreign substances entering your body, increased oxygen flow to arteries, veins and nerves, improved lung volume and slower breathing.

The benefits of breathing are clearly shown by Wim Hof, a Dutch extreme athlete known as the Iceman, who has broken several Guinness World records, including one for the longest full-body contact with ice, for a period of 1 hour and 42 minutes. His superhuman abilities are possible thanks to a breathing technique he developed, along with cold exposure techniques.

You can learn to do breathing exercises with Wim Hof for free on his YouTube channel. Implementing daily or weekly breathing exercises to your regular (mindfully deeper) breathing will bring incredible results to your wellbeing!

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