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YoungBites. Dated: 4/20/2017 9:10:26 AM


Breathe for Every Type of Exercise

Breathe in, breathe out—simple right? Not so fast. When it comes to exercise, the art of inhaling and exhaling may be a little more complicated than we think. Should we breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth? And wait—what’s a diaphragm exactly? Whether the goal is running, lifting, or warrior posing with ease, read on to discover the best breathing techniques to put optimal performance well within reach.
Breathe Easy—Your Action Plan
Whether it’s time to hit the turf, track, or squat rack, breathing isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind (not falling on your face tends to take priority). But smooth and efficient breathing is crucial for delivering the oxygen our bodies need to perform functions properly. Proper breathing can also help athletes exercise longer with less effort, nix side stitches, and even calm the mind. With a little extra awareness—and some practice—that A game could be just a few breaths away. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:
Running
Nailing the right running form, tempo, and strategy can be challenging enough, but a runner’s work doesn’t end there. Huffing and puffing your way around the track won’t get you to the finish line. In fact, studies show that improper breathing technique can impair speed and performance .
How to do it right: While there’s no golden rule, many runners find it most comfortable to take one breath for every two foot strikes. This means taking two steps (one left, one right) while breathing in. Breathing in through the nose can also help warm the air entering the lungs (cold weather workouts, we’re looking at you!) and might minimize allergen intakes.
How To Breathe During High-Intensity Sports
Prefer taking one for the team? When a 250-pound linebacker is headed your way (and running for the locker room is not an option), breathing easy isn’t exactly a piece of cake. High-intensity sports can literally take our breath away thanks to the demanding cardio component and the barrage of tackles, kicks, and hits.

 

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