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The Breath and Exercise: Why Good Breathing and Exercise Go Hand-in-Hand

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Breathing, it’s one of the most important components of exercise. But, it’s also, understandably, one of the most overlooked. As living beings, breathing is innate for us. We tend to take it for granted because we do it without having to think about it. Nonetheless, it’s important to be mindful and practice good breathing during physical activity.

So Why Is It Important to Have Good Breathing During Exercise?

  • Proper breathing is vital for oxygen delivery within our bodies. By practicing good breathing technique, you will be able to draw in deeper breaths, pulling in more oxygen to your lungs, allowing the body to perform tasks properly.
  • Good breathing will also help you be able to exercise longer with less effort and even have positive psychological effects such as calming the mind.
  • Proper breath during physical activity will also ensure core activation. The muscles used for breathing are a fundamental part of core stabilization. Engaging the core during movement will help keep you better grounded, protecting the spine and preventing injury.

So, What’s the Proper Way to Breathe?

Mouth breathing or nose breathing? Each has its own benefits. But, according to Roy Sugarman, Ph.D., nose breathing increases CO2 in the blood, creating a calming effect in the body. Nose breathing can also warm the air entering the lungs and possibly reduce allergen intake. Researchers at the University of New Mexico have also found that nose breathing can improve your immune system and help with ailments such as hypertension, asthma and stress. Nevertheless, try out both techniques and see what feel rights for you.

Happy Training!

Tracy Yang
NASM CPT
Owner of Train with Tracy

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