Because we can’t see it and rarely feel it, oxygen—the air we breathe—is taken for granted more than most things in life. This is especially true when talking about diet and exercise. We’ve all heard that eating a balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise can help you lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. But how many of us have heard that proper oxygen levels are important in the process?
It’s more of a biology thing than something that can be bottled up and sold on paid program infomercials. Meaning, basically, because there’s really no market for something that’s free for all to breathe, a lot of today’s so-called health experts won’t broach the topic because there’s no money to be made in it.
That doesn’t mean it’s not important. In fact, proper oxygen levels are just as important as the exercise itself when you’re attempting to burn fat and lose those stubborn pounds.
Due to the way we evolved on Earth, oxygen is needed for every metabolic process and to live in general. Over the past 10,000 years, the oxygen levels on the planet have dropped by an estimated 50%. What this means is that mankind has become adapted to a climate less rich in oxygen and thus we have learned to survive with far less oxygen in the atmosphere.
What we’re used to taking in, however, isn’t the baseline. Simply put, with more oxygen intake, our bodies are able to burn more fat – the metabolic process is kicked into higher gear. With less oxygen, conversely, our metabolic process slows down and thus fat storage takes hold and you gain weight.
What we can learn from our consumption of less oxygen is this: as humans, we’ve become less efficient breathers and our bodies have had no other choice but to adapt. With a few steps, however, you can become more efficient at breathing oxygen and actually take more in, thus jumpstarting your metabolic process and burning more fat.
First and foremost, move any exercise you’re doing outside. Even if you live in a cramped city, the oxygen levels outside are much richer than what you’ll find inside.
Next up, be sure to keep your heart rate going. When you’re exercising, make sure you’re actually feeling the need to breathe. As you produce a sweat and increase your heart rate, your breathing rate will need to increase to compensate. Don’t take short breaths here; be sure to breathe the air in.
Posture and technique is also important. Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly, while making sure your back and neck are straight. Make the most use out of your respiratory process as you exercise, and you’ll feel the difference.
Getting more oxygen will allow you work out longer, and thus the effects of your weight loss will increase. Something as simple as breathing can make all the difference in the world.