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Be Nosey

Each day I spend a relatively short amount of time on a treadmill at home to maintain a basic level of fitness - And I find it so tedious it makes me want to throw myself to the floor. To combat the overwhelming boredom of exercise I’ve started listening to books on Audible and it’s really helped me stick to my program. The current book I’m listening to is Breath: The New Science Of A Lost Art by James Nestor. The book looks at the role of breathing as more than simply keeping us alive. Indeed, Mr. Nester makes the claim that controlled breathing can actually make us much healthier and even cure many chronic conditions. The author looks at the subject in a historical, religious, social and medical context, sometimes using scientific research and sometimes mere anecdotes. I’m about halfway through the book and I’ve found it to be both entertaining and informative. The one major change that Nestor recommends is breathing through the nose. He states that those of us with allergies, deviated septums and other issues that lead us to breathe through our mouths, are actually making ourselves even more unwell. However, many of these negative impacts can be reversed if we start to breathe through our noses. The author claims there are even more improvements to be had if we also learn to slow our breathing, but I’m saving that for a later date. Right now I’m attempting to retrain myself to breathe through my nose. I’m even putting tape across my mouth at night so that I don’t cheat whilst I’m asleep. After a month I’ll report back and let you know if I’ve experienced any changes (or if I managed to keep up the effort beyond a few days). If any of you are also attempting something similar please let us know how you get on.

Written by Stuart Kenworthy on