As simple as it sounds, breathing is a critical element to all exercise. Whether you are walking, lifting weights, or stretching, breathing well can make your workout much more enjoyable. In order to practice breathing well, you can engage in the basic mindfulness exercise of breath counting. Sitting up nice and tall, take slow, steady breaths in and out. As you breathe in, say in your mind, “I am breathing in, one.” As you breathe out, say in your mind, “I am breathing out, one.” Repeat this pattern for ten breaths. How do you feel? Relaxed? Refreshed?
Dr. Ayla Donlin is the director of the LifeFit Center @ The Beach, a health and fitness facility on the Long Beach State campus for individuals age 49 and above. Ayla has been active in the fitness industry for over ten years as a group fitness instructor, personal trainer, presenter, and master trainer. She is passionate about empowering others to lead a sustainable lifestyle of fitness and well-being.