Breathing, we do it every day without being consciously aware of how we do it. Well, most of you probably aren’t aware of it. Those of us with asthma become keenly aware.
The act of inhaling and exhaling during exercise alters everyone’s dimension. Most experts agree that one should exhale upon exertion and inhale upon release. The reason for this is that there is less risk of injury internally. It’s also just how the body wants to react and our body is pretty smart and knowing these things.
Some women have a difficult time with this particular technique since the tendency to hold ones’ breath when exerting pressure is quite common. It is recommended that, for example, if you are lifting a heavy object to exhale as you begin the lift and then inhale when you slowly place the object down. This is why you will hear heavy weight lifters grunting and groaning. It’s some pretty crazy multi-tasking and if you do a quick grunt right now, go ahead if you are alone, you’ll see that it automatically expels air. Aha, they aren’t just back there being annoying ladies!
Another school of thought suggests that when conducting any form of exercise, there is a tendency to breathe through the mouth, which is why so many people new to exercising get out of breath quickly. The proper way is to breathe through the nose. All experts do agree, however, that breathing during exercise routines should be normal and not forced.
Engaging in cardiovascular workouts or aerobic workouts is another example in which breathing should be natural. Moreover, it is advised to breathe in through the nose and breathe out through the mouth, which allows the heart rate to slow down as well as your breathing. Yet, professionals who teach Yoga instruct their students to breathe only through the mouth.
Sound confusing? Well, the best advice is when in doubt breathe normally. Eventually, the more practice you have under your belt the more you will be able to get the breathing part of exercising down to a science.
Making sure you breath out during the exertion should be your first focus. Do not hold your breath. If you think of it right now it makes good sense that when you hold your breath you’ll be able to do less. Very counter-productive.
While much has been written about when to inhale and exhale during exercise routines, there is a right way of breathing. The problem is, depending on which professional you talk to, their way is the only way. Pay attention to your breathing and see what works best for you. With my asthma, exercising by breathing only through my nose won’t work. It also depends on if I’m sprinting, jogging or lifting. If you get lightheaded during activity, then adapt what you are doing.