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Breathing. It’s the first thing we do when we are born. We cam live without food and water for days but without air we only last a couple of minutes.
Deep breathing has many benefits. Among them is increasing cardiovascular capacity, reducing your cardio warm up time, helping your body recover faster after your workout as it increases blood circulation to the muscles and many other benefits.
The first step to deep breathing and reaping the benefits is to make sure we breathe in a correct way.
Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly button.
Through the nose, take a deep breathe in.
Breathe out through the mouth.
Repeat and observe which hand moves.
The hand on your stomach should move in and out. The hand on your chest should not move
Furthermore the hand on your stomach should be pushed out in the in breathe and should move in on the out breathe.
Let’s practice this a couple of times.
If your try to inflate your stomach in the out breathe you are trying to inflate something that is deflating. Think of a ballon. When you inflate the ballon gets bigger when you get the air out the ballon gets smaller.
Today, be aware of your breathing habits and practice throughout the day. A short note, if you have health conditions that may be affected by breathing exercises check with your doctor first. And don’t practice deep breathing in dusty, polluted environments or when you exercise. Get them into your training when you feel more comfortable with them.