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Breathing Right Makes all the Difference – In Exercise and in Life

Breathing right is important in proper body function. When something obstructs the breathing canal, performing daily activities can be more difficult. Breathing properly during exercise is important in keeping the body neutralized and energized. Improper breathing methods during exercise or in daily life can lead to dis-ease in the body.

Almost every form of exercise circles around the breath. It’s important to know how to incorporate proper breathing techniques when working out. Everything from running to yoga revolve around the in and out of the breath, the movement of the breath, the strength and depth of the breath. These all show symptoms in the body. When the breath is stifled during physical activity this could be an indication of over working the body, or perhaps maybe something more, such as an illness or dis-ease in the body.

When doing any physical activity paying attention to the quality of the breath is important. According to runnersworld.com, improper breathing techniques while running can lead to muscle pain. The diaphragm is a muscle that assists in breathing and it has two supporting ligaments. The action of the diaphragm muscle is much like an accordion. When we inhale, we move air into the lungs, and the diaphragm moves down. Conversely, when we exhale, we move air out of the lungs, and the diaphragm moves up. Like other muscle cramps or spasms, diaphragm spasms or side stitches are thought to occur from the strain and fatigue associated with the increased workload of accelerated breathing from exercise. The good news is that all muscle spasms are thought to be associated with muscle fatigue, so as your fitness level and overall conditioning improves, the risk of muscle fatigue decreases, which means that the incidence of side stitches decrease as well.”

Breathing Right Leads to Better Health, Blood Flow

Breathing incorrectly while doing physical activity has direct links to physical pain or discomfort in the muscles and joints. Sending the breath to parts of the body transfer energy to heal areas of the body that need aid. Richard P. Brown, M.D. and Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D. writes in their book entitled The Healing Power of the Breath, “By voluntarily changing the rate, depth, and pattern of breathing, we can change the messages being sent from the body’s respiratory system to the brain. In this way, breathing techniques provide a portal to the autonomic communication network through which we can, by changing our breathing patterns, send specific messages to the brain using the language of the body, a language the brain understands and to which it responds. Messages from the respiratory system have rapid, powerful effects on major brain centers involved in thought, emotion, and behavior.”

The breath and proper breathing is important in exercise, preventing muscle pain, anxiety and to combat depression. Deep breathing is used to calm people experiencing panic attacks and anxiety. Pranayama, breathing techniques in Yoga, is important in purifying and energizing the mind and body, sending the breath throughout the body and vitalizing the system. There are breathing exercises designed to relax the body and there are exercises design to stimulate. We can utilize breathing in healthy ways for our body depending on what we need.