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Proper Breathing Methods During Exercise

by Sharon Gayle July 20, 2010

One of the common mistakes that people commit during exercise is incorrect breathing procedures or not breathing at all.  Breathing incorrectly during exercise can be the source of fatigue and over-exertion. Incorrect breathing patterns during exercise can also cause high blood pressure while working-out.


Two Very Important Reasons to Breathe Properly:

  • More energy to work-out at a higher intensity
  • Greater recovery time to work-out for longer duration

The following tips can help you to get the most out of your workout through proper breathing techniques.

1.   Breath on the exertion part of the exercise. For example, when you are doing a sit-up, breathing out when lifting the body from the floor is the proper breathing technique. This will benefit you the most when conducting and exercise.

2.   Never hold your breath during an exercise! This is extremely important because as mentioned before, holding your breath can lead to increased blood pressure, dizziness and fatigue. When you exercise, it is extremely important to get as much oxygen as possible to the muscles.

3.   Breathe!  While it is important to have good breathing technique, if it is more comfortable for you to breath on the rest portion of an exercise, by all means do it. Breathing is important no matter how or when it is done. 

With this in mind, more vigorous exercise should have faster paced breathing rhythms; where as controlled exercises such as Pilates and Yoga require slower, deeper breaths.

As can be seen it is extremely important to be aware of your breathing during exercise, and correct it when necessary. This this will make the exercise feel less strenuous and you will be more likely to continue with your fitness regime. ~SG.