Did you know that there is a correlation between the number of breaths you take and your lifespan?
Animals like giant tortoises take only about 4 long breaths per minute and they live up to 150 years!
On the other hand, animals like dogs take between 20-30 breaths per minute and only live up to 20 years.
People who suffer from lung issues like lung cancer, COPD, and interstitial lung disease take over 24 breaths per minute. This is much higher than the average person who takes between 12-16 breaths per minute. Taking many short breaths per minute takes a toll on the lifespan of people with lung issues.
Regular cardiovascular exercise can increase your lifespan because it forces you to take longer and deeper breaths which increases the amount of oxygen that goes into your body.
Also, yoga trains your body to take long, deep breaths while decreasing the number of breaths you take per minute.
Although you may never be able to compete with the giant tortoise, the combination of regular cardiovascular exercise and yoga can greatly increase your chances of living a long and healthy life.