Inhale and Exhale: Breathing During Exercise

breathing during exerciseBreathing…we do it every day without being consciously aware of how we do it. Yet, the act of breathing during exercise takes on another dimension. It should be a simple matter of inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale (and repeat), right?

Right; but not everyone agrees on the exact method

Most experts agree that you should exhale upon exertion and inhale upon release. The reason for this is that there is less risk of injury internally.

Some women have a difficult time with this particular technique since the tendency to hold ones’ breath when exerting pressure is quite common. It’s recommended that, for example, if you are lifting a heavy object, to exhale as you begin the lift and inhale when you slowly place the object down.

Conflicting Advice on Breathing During Exercise

Another school of thought suggests that when conducting any form of exercise, there is a tendency to breathe through the mouth. This is why so many people new to exercising get out of breath. 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 or aerobic workouts is another example in which breathing should be natural. It’s advised to breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. This allows the heart rate and breathing to slow down. 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 the more you will be able to get it down to a science.

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.

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