When you work out, your body’s sympathetic nervous system spikes hormones that increases heart rate, quickens breathing, blood flow to the muscles increase and mobilizes glucose or energy. Your body is in a fight mode.
After you finish your workout, it takes your body, some time, to recover to its ‘rest’ mode. The sympathetic nervous system is still switched off, which means, you continue to drain energy.
There is a good recovery way by which you can get in control of your breathing and recover fast.
How to do:
Lie down in a relaxed manner. Allow your full body to relax. Place one hand on your chest and one just above your naval. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.Breathe in with your nose and breathes out from pursed lips.
1) Breathe in through your nose for count of 4 sec
2) Hold Breathe for 7 seconds
3) Breathe out through pursed lips in 8 seconds. Try to get all the air out of your lungs by the time you count 8.
4) Repeat 10 rounds
What this does:
By gaining conscious control of your breathing and slowing it down, you will more quickly shift the body back to “rest & digest” mode. This means that less energy is wasted and more energy is directed towards repairing and rebuilding your body.
It’s very simple, takes no time at all and it will accelerate your recovery.