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TIPS TO BREATHE FOR EVERY TYPE OF EXERCISE
Many runners find it most comfortable to take one breath for two foot strikes. This means taking two steps while breathing in and two steps while breathing out also known as the 2:2 rhythm.
Using the bench press as an example, exhale slowly and continuously while pressing the bar, then inhale at the top of the lift or on the return. Be sure to keep the core engaged to protect the spine.
When anticipating a load or an impact, it’s best to take a deep breath and then brace the core as it helps protect the spine. Breathing deeper, calmer, and more efficiently can also give athletes a psychological edge against their opponents.
Match an equal-length inhale to an equal length exhale. This style of breath is said to calm the nervous system, lower blood pressure & reduce stress. Simply breathe in and out through the nose, maintaining a slight contraction in the back of the throat.