4 2 6—Three Important Numbers You Should NEVER Forget

So, let’s get to it. Why are the numbers 4, 2, 6, so important and what do they stand for?

It’s a critical breathing exercise. Are you ready?!

-BREATHE in for 4 seconds

-HOLD for 2 seconds

-RELEASE for 6 seconds

You could have your eyes open or closed, whatever is more natural is what I would go with.

Let’s talk about why focusing on your breathing is important, actually integral, in your health journey.

The concept is simple. Own your breath, own your body. When you own both, you have the opportunity to “own your moment.”

Now “owning your moment” means different things to different people.

Scientific studies have shown that controlling your breath can help to manage stress and tension. For many, owning your breath could help with anxiety, inflammation, chronic fatigue and pain, high blood pressure, insomnia, panic attacks, and even some skin conditions. That’s an amazing benefit in itself.

However, I also look at it this in another way. If you can learn to reduce tension through conscious breathing, it could help you in everyday life situations.

Think about this: You just get home from a long day at work and open the door. Kids are screaming, spouse is livid about the messy house, and at that moment your own stress levels are starting to sky rocket. I would say 90% of us have tendencies to feed into a situation like this and add more fuel to the already burning fire. Not intentionally, but because tiredness, stress, and momentary “annoyedness” kicks in. Yes, I said “annoyedness.”  May not be in the Webster’s dictionary…yet! 

By being conscious at that moment, you have the opportunity to diffuse the situation. Allowing yourself the moment to breath gives you a moment to think and own the situation vs. contributing to the impending negativity.

Now let’s shift to another situation. You are an NBA player and you live and die for game winning situations. A foul line shot, a 3 seconds to buzzer opportunity. Many may tense up and miss in either situation, it’s natural. However, if you start to build the muscle of the mind, unconsciously your breathe kicks in and allows you to flow through the moment. Endless possibilities are right in front of you. SWISH!!! I can hear it now.

So, what is your coach asking you to do? Start with just 1 minute, 3 times a day…3 minutes total to start to focus on your breathing. Breathe in for 4, hold for 2, and release for 6.  

Breathing is essential to living, but when unconscious breathing takes over, “owning your moment” is no longer just a possibility, it can become a reality.

Cheers with Water,

Coach Adam Cobb