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How to Breathe During Exercise

The Ins and Outs of Proper Breathing for Every Workout

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  • Exercise breathing has been a problem for me; I inhale and exhale on exactly the wrong part of the activity. It may go back to my high school wrestling days (50+ years ago) when I learned to hold my breath when exerting pressure on an opponent. I now know that your body needs to carry the oxygen to your body to fuel the muscles.
  • As I was just wishing I'd seen this article long ago, I clicked "Save" and discovered I'd done so long ago. Talk about feeling stupid, ay ay ay, I've always had difficulty coordinating inhaling and exhaling with exercise moves. I'd give up on proper technique and feel less than satisfied with counting aloud; if you're speaking, you're breathing. I'll never forget the article again.
  • Most often Coach Nicole reminds exercisers when to breathe while using one of her videos. This has been extremely helpful, though I still sometimes get my inhale and exhale cycles turned about .
  • KDROGERS52
    I love sparkpeople.com website. I have referred this website to many of my friends as well as family.
    Thank you for all the wonderful advice and encouragement.
  • Much good information here.
  • Great article. I think it's good to breath on any exercise. It make you feel better as well.
  • I naturally fall in to counting breaths as I exercise. I think this comes from gymnastics and yoga. I just recently realized how much it helps me hold positions longer and power through a work out more. I am helping train a friend for running and some strength training. She forgets to breath. I actually have to tell her, remember to breath. It is a bit of a joke to us now, but I sent her this article as a reminder LOL.
  • I have recently been focusing more on my breathing while running, and I realized that I was breathing too quickly (and far too shallow), which caused me to tense my body too much. The entire action of running flows so much easier when the breathing is calmer and then the body can relax into the movement.

    Thank you also for explaning the difference between belly breathing and rib cage breathing. I now have a better understanding of just exactly what my pilates instructor was wanting us to do.
  • GREEKGEEK2012
    This is a really great article. I have a problem of holding my breath while I'm running, and it makes it so much harder for me to maintain a pace and go good distances. I really hope this helps-- making me aware of my breathing.
  • This is a brilliant article and I've only recently realised how IMPORTANT it is to breath right. I found that I was breathing way too shallow whilst on treadmill, which was giving me a stitch after like 30mins running. So today, when I started feeling the stitch, I made it a point to concentrate on breathing deeply and, lo and behold, the stitch disappeared and I was able to complete my 60min run.

    Thanks for the article.
  • Proper brething is a critically essential element in the correct practice of KARATEDO. Why was this NOT mentioned in the article?
  • Thanks. I have been working on my breathing as I breathe shallow and with my anemia, I have to increase my oxgenation to build my body. Great article.

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