Surprising facts about your breathing

We don’t think about it, but we all do it daily and many times every single day. Our breathing is fully automatic and on average we breathe 23,000 times a day and process approximately 10,000 litres of oxygen. But what is breathing exactly and can you do more with it? In this Motivation Monday surprising facts about breathing.

What is breathing

When you breathe, you transport oxygen to the cells of the body to make them work, while also cleaning the system from the carbon dioxide that this work generates. How can we perform this crucial and complex task without even thinking about it? This TedX video by Emma Bryce shows how our lungs keep us alive.

Breathing and stress

There is a strong connection between breathing and stress. When we are relaxed, we breathe in the most natural way towards the abdomen. With abdominal breathing, the body is able to function optimally. As soon as stress comes into play, this has an immediate effect: we become short of breath. The breathing is high at the chest. The longer a chest breath lasts and the more it occurs the harder it is for the body to function optimally. Not breathing well for a longer period increases the risk of depression and anxiety. The World Health Organization indicates that by 2020, depression and anxiety will be the number one disease worldwide. Max Strom, breath coach, explains how good breathing can contribute positively to physical and mental health. View his TedX talk here

Good posture

A correct sitting posture is not only important to be able to do your work well, but also to be able to breathe properly. Do you spend a lot of time at your desk? Then you can feel it in your neck, shoulders and (lower) back. Give yourself a short healthy break with these exercises that you can do behind the desk.

Breathing techniques

There are many breathing techniques and in this video I share four with you. You will experience the difference between a chest and abdominal breathing, how abdominal breathing brings more relaxation, which breathing technique is a boost for your immune system and how you can combine breathing with a back exercise. The last one is particularly pleasant to do when you sit a lot during the day and you want to keep your back flexible (and pain free). At the end the video has a short meditation.


Years ago, yoga helped me to recover after a heavy medical procedure. I was so impressed by this sport that I followed a yoga teacher training and started a yoga company. Nowadays many (inter) national participants following my classes (which I find extremely cool!). Are you looking for advice or do you have a question about this blog? Let me know! You can find my contact details here.

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