This week on the Htet Tayza blog I want to put the latest fitness trends and weight loss techniques to one side and get back to basics by explaining the importance of breathing in exercise.
Nailing Down the Basics
People are finally coming around to my way of thinking. The first half of this decade has seen people come around to the idea that if you cultivate a healthy body, a healthy mind will follow. Exercise is arguably the biggest pop culture trend we’ve seen in years.
Yet so many people run before they can walk; before they can even crawl. People assume that if they start attending Zumba classes religiously or practise Yoga every day that they’ll build up a set of rock hard abs in the span of a few months. However many fitness enthusiasts forget to nail down the basics before they propel themselves into the big leagues of exercise.
Why Do You Need to Know How to Breathe?
Take breathing. It doesn’t seem that important does it? Everybody breathes. Why would you need to know how to breathe if you want to get the most out of your exercise regime?
Proper breathing is essential when it comes to exercise. According to fitness expert Live Strong, you need to maintain a good breathing pattern when engaging aerobic activities such as swimming or running to ensure your muscles gain the oxygen they need to keep contracting. Meanwhile research from the University of New Mexico shows that the same applies to nonaerobic types of fitness activity such as Pilates, weightlifting and yoga.
How Should You Breathe?
Like every other part of your body, muscles need oxygen – the right amount of oxygen – to keep functioning. This leads us to ask; how should you breathe when you’re exercising?
It depends on the type of fitness activity you’re wanting to engage in. How hard you are working your muscles. The harder you work your muscles, the quicker your breathing should to be to ensure they receive the oxygen they need to keep functioning. You need to breathe slower when you walk round the block than you would if you decided to take a jog around that same block.
Learn How to Breathe
There’s a reason I chose to get back to basics here on the Htet Tayza blog this week. You can’t go into the gym and expect to lift your bodyweight over your head without nailing down the basics of exercise first. Learn how to breathe if you want to get the most out of your fitness regime.
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