Happy hormones by blowing bubbles?
You think I am advocating buying bubbles and a bubble wand, going to the great lawn in Central Park and blowing bubbles?
To create happy hormones?
Maybe it is not such a bad idea, but that is not what I had in mind.
I had a different thought related to swimming and building the best life possible today.
Yesterday was my 42nd day swimming.
I did check back and saw that when I first started out, I was 220 pounds and today I am 214.
So, that is one benefit I see kicking in, slowly but surely, about a pound a week which is fine.
In general, my swimming feels stronger and more coordinated.
Swimming is an excellent exercise to produce endorphins, the happy hormones.
Besides generating the happy hormones, swimming also teaches you deep breathing, exhale to inhale.
So now, what is this exhale to inhale?
I notice that after each stroke, if I exhale more completely, I am moving better in the water.
I also notice that when I do not exhale completely, the next breath does not feel as complete.
I became interested in the idea of exhalation.
How important is exhalation to a good swimming stroke?
Also, is there a connection between deep exhalation to endorphins, the happy hormones?
To my surprise, I found several articles which say that proper exhalation is the most important quality of a good stroke.
I have also found that one of the benefits of deep breathing is to create endorphins.
We can kill multiple birds with one stone, fitness, endorphins and letting go of the past.
How might this be applicable to our daily lives?
Proper Exhalation is the Most Important Quality of a Good Stroke
Here are some reasons why proper exhalation is so important to swimming and how to apply exhalation to life in general, rebuilding your life in particular.
Without a proper exhalation:
Your body tenses up.
Holding your breath creates tension.
You increase the level of carbon dioxide in your lungs and bloodstream.
This creates a more desperate need to breathe.
You cannot relax until you let go of your breath and take in some new oxygen.
Try holding your breath yourself.
Your body will feel more stiff until you let it go.
When your lungs are more full of air
This causes your chest to be more buoyant and higher in the water.
As a result, your feet drag in the water.
This slows down your movement through the water.
Like a seesaw, when your chest is higher, your legs are lower.
The irony in swimming is that you swim best when you can breathe least.
When your head is in the water, that is when your form is best.
And of course, there is no way to breathe then.
You must know how to exhale completely in order to take your next welcome breath of oxygen.
Therefore, the next time you are in the pool, remember to concentrate on complete exhalation to improve your stroke.
How does proper exhalation relate to life?
The analogy is that water symbolizes a refreshing respite from the heat and a sea of troubles.
Water is used in both ways metaphorically.
Water refreshes your body on a hot day.
Water can extinguish life through a flood.
A good swim, cuts through the troubles and leaves us feeling renewed and refreshed.
So now, with this frame of reference we can say the following:
Holding on to the Past, creates Tension.
Holding on to the thoughts that are bothering you creates tension.
Holding onto the stories of the past and what you wish did not happen, but did, will continue to create tension.
Just holding on is going to create more tension, so , let it go!
You cannot move effectively through life by holding on to all the memories and thoughts which are disturbing you.
When holding onto your breath, it is impossible to relax.
The only way to stop the buildup of negative energy is to let it go.
Let your thoughts of a troubled past go completely.
Not exhaling completely causes your feet to drag
Similarly, not letting go of your disturbing thoughts, memories, stories hampers your ability to move through life as well.
Not letting go of the past is a drag.
It is a drag for other people that experience your tension.
It is a drag for yourself.
It is a drag for others who not only see your misery but even more so for people who hear about it all the time.
Friends or family, who want to be there for you, but who have their own limits of how much negative energy they can handle.
So, do not create a drag for yourself and others, exhale completely.
You will feel a lot better!
Let go of that which is bothering you and take in a new breath, a new opportunity for creating better memories and a better life now.
Whatever you can do, do your best.
For those interested in swimming in particular, the most complete article I found and the source for the quote is from:
“Blow them bubbles, it will be the end of your troubles”