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The 478 Breathing Exercise

478-breathingThis is such a simple exercise that everyone should incorporate this into their daily lives.

Have you ever tried the 4-7-8 breathing exercise? I was a bit skeptic at first but gave it a shot and must say it does have a calming effect on the body.

I’m not going to say that it’s a life changer but it will do wonders to reduce stress and anxiety in your life. Who couldn’t benefit from that these days?

Here’s how to do it:

1. Sit up straight in a chair. Place the tip of your tongue against the tissue just beneath your upper front teeth. Now hold this position for the duration of the exercise.
2. Breath in slowly through your nose for four seconds.
2. Hold your breath for seven seconds.
3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for eight seconds. Pucker your lips so that you exhale slowly.

Do this for a total of four repetitions.

I perform this exercise twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime.

You may not notice a difference for a few weeks but don’t let that deter you. I have been doing this exercise for nearly two months now and on average I feel calmer than before.

Before turning to costly and addictive prescription drugs give this exercise a try. Many prescription drugs are wonderful in the beginning but your body eventually builds a tolerance and you end up needing more and more.

This exercise may give subtle results in the beginning but only gets more powerful as you progress.

Make it a habit of practicing this exercise twice a day. Once in the morning before you get up and once in the evening before bedtime. As you get used to it you can do this exercise whenever you encounter a stressful situation.

I’d like to hear from those of you who perform this exercise on a daily basis. Does it have any effect on you?

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