I LOVE this breath.
It's call the 8, 4, 8, 4 breath. It's really simple with just a little counting involved. The counting will actually keep you out of your head and allow your thoughts to rest for a little while.
It is from the Qigong tradition. (A reminder: Qigong is the mother of Tai Chi.)
It is a go-to breath for me when I need to release tension, find my center and experience those feel-good hormones: oxytocin and serotonin.
You simply breath in through your nose taking a slow, even 8 count,
Suspend the breath for 4 counts. I don't say the word "hold" because then we have a tendency to tighten up and constrict our throat and tense up our bodies.
Exhale for a slow, even count of 8.
Again, suspend the breath for a count of 4.
Do it as long as you wish.
Repeat until you feel complete.
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I I love to get out and walk.
I was on the beach recently and thought I'd say HI!!
I try to walk as often as possible.
If you can't get to the beach, perhaps you live near a lake or a river.
You can also walk in the forest, through hills or even in the mountains. (I think THAT would be called hiking. Watch out for ticks!)
I love to park my car far from my destination and get some walking in before I shop.
Take the stairs.
Make several laps around your neighborhood.
Walk the dog for fun instead of just for a potty break..
Stroll the grandkids and get to know them better.
When I lived in New York City, then afterwards, in San Francisco I walked nearly everywhere.
It's an enjoyable way to manage your weight, to improve your mobility and balance, to tone muscles, and stretch joints and ligaments.
Walking longer distances helps with our endurance, too.
Walking is the most PRO-aging exercise you can do. AND it doesn't even feel like exercise. All it takes is a comfortable pair of walking shoes or sneakers, comfortable clothes and AWAY YOU GO!
How many steps SHOULD you take? That's up to you. Push yourself a little bit more every time you walk and watch your energy increase, your lung capacity increase, your weight drop (if that is your goal), and more importantly, your mental health and attitude change for the better.
I'll meet you at the beach for a walk.
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I am passionate about PRO-AGING. Aging as well as possible - given our life circumstances - with enthusiasm, contentment, vitality and energy.