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Breathing to help your exercises and health

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Have you ever thought about the power of your breath, and the effects it can have on your body?

Have you ever really taken notice of how you breath? Studies have been done in recent years and most people have become shallow breathers, which can have major negative effects on every cell in our bodies. 

Some of the benefits of proper breathing is:

  • Breathing properly during exercise can prevent dizziness, improve performance and increase fat burning
  • With weight lifting, or when performing any exercise that requires you to exert yourself, such as lifting, pushing or pulling, exhale on exertion or working the hardest. i.e. when doing a bench press, breath out when you are pushing the weight off your chest and breath in on the way down

  • When running, if you are having trouble breathing, try breathing in every 2nd or 4th foot strike (depending on how much you need to breath) then breathing out for the same count. It helps you get in a pattern and continue your exercise rather than giving up
  • Every now and then, just take notice of your breathing. Does your rib cage expand when you inhale? If not, you are probably shallow breathing which doesn't take in enough oxygen for your body to function normally. Maybe make a conscious effort to breath properly more often so it becomes second nature and you don't have to think about it 

  • Breathing has been shown to have good physiological and emotional benefits to your well being. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, do some slow breathing and notice how your body and mind can calm down. 
Heres to having some great breathing; all day, every day
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