Want optimal performance while exercising? It’s simple – Breathe.
Inhale… Exhale… We have done this all our lives. We’re experts. Or are we?
Of course you breathe when you exercise, but have you ever struggled with that one last rep and found that you were actually holding your breath? Not good. Never, ever hold your breath – it’s like depriving your body of food when you are staving and there’s a feast right in front of you.
Are you aware of HOW to breathe? Have you found that focusing on your breathing is not as easy as knowing how to breathe properly, then actually doing it for every rep? I’ll get to the specifics in a minute, but have you ever found yourself actually doing more reps then you thought you could – all because you were focused on breathing properly?
How’d that happen? Well, one simple explanation is that it’s tougher than it sounds but there’s more to it than that. Watch the video below for the specifics (less than 4 minutes), then give it a try when you exercise tomorrow and you’ll see what I mean. Oh, and let me know how you make out with this – please let me know I’m not the only one that finds breathing properly during exercise a bit of a challenge.
So, here goes…
Efficient breathing is critical because it delivers much-needed oxygen to our bodies. Proper breathing can actually help you exercise longer with less effort. Additionally, proper breathing can calm you, whether you are exercising or sitting at your desk, diligently working away. BTW – that’s another time when you need to focus on your breathing. Have you ever been so wrapped up in your work that you realize that your breathing is shallow? Even while sitting – working or at rest, remember to take deep breaths – you’ll want to give your body plenty of the oxygen it craves.
By concentrating on breathing, you’ll increase your body awareness. Focusing on your breath allows you to ease into your routine.
The experts seem to agree that proper breathing techniques vary based on the type of exercise you are doing.
- Cardio / Endurance Exercises – take deep breathes and get into a rhythm.
- Running / Endurance Exercises – breathe deeply and in a rhythm.
- Weight / Strength Training – breathe out when your muscles are contracted (this is the hardest part of the exercise) and breath in when you return to the starting position.
- Stretching / Flexibility Exercises – breathe deeply and in a rhythm.
We hope you enjoyed our article and it helps you remember to breathe when exercising. Thanks for stopping by, we hope you visit often. Wishing you the best of health!
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