Whether you’re running, lifting weights or doing yoga, there are certain breathing techniques that can give you the optimal performance you’re looking for. Learning how to breathe efficiently helps the body deliver enough oxygen to function properly and it will also allow you to exercise longer with less effort.
Taking one breath for every two steps has been found to be the most comfortable breathing tactic for runners. This is when you take one step with your left foot then one with your right whilst breathing in, and then the same whilst breathing out; this is known as the 2:2 rhythm.
Nose vs. mouth
There has been much debate whether you should breathe through your nose or through your mouth when running. There are arguments for both sides, but generally it’s easier to use your mouth for least resistance.
Cardiovascular activity isn’t the only type of exercise that can benefit from a good breathing technique. Most people who do strength…