Maybe it seems counterintuitive to do a relaxing flow exercise to boost energy. However, as we talked about in the last post, improving the amount of oxygen available to the cells can drastically (18-19x) increase energy production. While a cell without oxygen present (anaerobic) produces around 2 ATP (units of energy), a cell WITH oxygen present can produce up to 38 ATP! That's a 19 fold increase per cell. A HUGE difference! Sign me up for more oxygen please!
How to Boost Oxygen Levels
Two big ways to get more oxygen are exercise and fresh air. And even better...exercise IN fresh air. :) But an overlooked way to improve oxygenation is making sure our lungs, diaphragm, and ribs aren't crowded so they can fully expand and bring in air. Remember in old movies where you see women in corsets who may even pass out from not being able to breathe? Well, it's real. While we don't usually wear corsets these days, too tight clothing is a big problem in interfering with our oxygenation.
But an issue we have that wasn't a factor back in the corset days is sitting at a computer for hours on end. And if we tend to hunch over while we're doing it, we cave in our ribcage, thus hindering expansion and air intake.
Unfortunately this posture translates into other activities as well. So even when we aren't computering or doing tasks that involve leaning forward, our bodies tend to be molded into that shape over time.
So, if you're a desk jockey, forward leaner, are had a baby, or just want to try an easy way to open up your chest to bring in more oxygen and boost energy, here's a Doorway Flow for you. Run through it a few times in a row for full benefits.