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.
4/14/2011 10:09:40 PM
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 a good clear comparison of breathing for these different disciplines. Singers do have a leg up on breathing deeply, but often there is confusion when it comes to "belly breathing" and "rib expansion." I have found that aspects of both types of breathing are valuable to singers, so fear not to explore. It is true that audible inhalations and exhalations are not something to encourage if you care about your voice. Best to take it easy with that...
Singers have a "leg-up" on breathing right; we're used to breathing deeply, inhaling quickly and exhaling fully. One tip, if you're breathing with "noise", making a rasping sound as you breath in, you risk causing eventual damage to your vocal chords. To breath soundlessly, open the inside of your mouth by dropping your jaw (as if you had a big marshmellow or something in your mouth), focus on breathing into your stomach, ignoring your shoulders and chest. It's a visualization but with practice, it works.
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