Did you know that how you breathe can actually help you get a better cardio workout and even overall exercise? It’s shown in many studies that breathing directly affects the body’s ability to perform better and last longer during physical exercise.
Simply, the more you focus on your breathing and the best you are at it, your workouts will see significant improvement. So how are you supposed to breathe for better cardio and exercise you ask? Well, if you take the time to really concentrate on when you are inhaling and exhaling you should really notice a difference.
For example, if you are planning to run on a treadmill for say fifteen minutes, try only breathing through your nose and taking longer to inhale and exhale. Then while you lift weights or stretch, try just breathing through your mouth and taking shorter breaths.
These types of activities can help improve your lung capacity and ability to take in oxygen when you try breathing normally. What happens when your body and lungs get better at delivering oxygen to your muscles, you get stronger and your capacity to do more in your workout’s increases.
Take a moment when you’re going for your next workout, and try to add this to your routine. For cardio workouts, try to inhale and exhale with a slower count of two in your head. For weights, exhale on your positive reps and inhale on your negative repetitions but breathe fast for each rep you do.
If you start to feel dizzy or lightheaded, then try to avoid doing this movement because this shouldn’t happen. To be safe, just go with the flow and let your body breath normally if you notice any difficulties. If you have any comments or have tried this type of method, please leave your details below!