Have you considered the importance of breathing when exercising? Our muscles need oxygen to function and the more we move, the more oxygen we need. The way you breathe during exercise is important and it helps to be more mindful of your inhales and exhales. Working out can be exhausting and your results can be improved by paying attention to your breathing.
In the long-term proper breathing can:
- reduce the amount of air you need to breathe in and out during given exercise
- help your muscles produce less carbon dioxide
- improve circulation and heart health
- maximize your workout and fitness level
What is proper breathing?
It is generally recommended to inhale through your nose, so the air enters your belly, right before the eccentric (muscle-lengthening) part of the motion. You then exhale completely through your mouth during the concentric (muscle-shortening) part of the motion.
For example if you are doing squats, inhale before you begin to lower down, and exhale as you extend your legs back to the starting position.
It can be tempting to hold your breath when doing weightlifting, but this can make you feel dizzy and it’s better to practice deep breathing.
By consciously thinking about your breath and practicing deep breathing, you can take your exercise to the next level.