Breathing poorly has many disadvantages which may sabotage your fitness plan. This is why it is necessary to practice proper breathing techniques for working out.
1. Nose breathing
As surprising as it may seem, nose breathing is difficult for many. Yet, breathing through the nose instead of the mouth has several advantages. These include normalizing the breath and increasing the amount of Nitric Oxide that makes it into your lungs.
Nitric Oxide is a gas which naturally occurs in the nostrils and is thought to be an antibiotic, a vasodilator and a bronchodilator. Proper nose breathing means each inhale not only benefits the lungs greatly, but it also helps the rest of the body due to the gas’ bacteria and germ fighting properties.
2. Deep Breathing
Deep breathing (especially through the nose) allows the lungs to fill up properly and the diaphragm to expand as we breathe. This reduces the strain from over breathing which tends to occur when we take short, shallow breaths.
Deep breathing also helps to maintain healthy levels of CO2 in the blood which is needed to help maintain the body’s PH balance. A healthy CO2 level is also important for avoiding exercise-related asthma attacks. Deep breathing may also steadily provide a much needed energy boost throughout your workout.
3. Rhythmic breathing
Rhythmic breathing refers to breathing in a specific pattern. When done correctly, this breathing technique can aid the body’s endurance throughout rigorous exercises or facilitate deeper relaxation during yoga practices. In fact, ragged breathing that works counter to your level of exertion or the direction of your movement can hinder your workout by causing chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness and other issues related to a lack of fresh air.
Take the time to master these three techniques so you can get more out of each routine or practice.