Improve exercise performance and efficiency with power breathing. Getting as much oxygen as possible into the body is vital for your health and well being.
Long and controlled power breathing is a great way to calm the mind and prepare the body for exercise.
When you are power breathing it is important to remember that you always inhale for the negative (eccentric) phase and exhale for the positive (concentric) phase of the exercise. For example, when doing a bicep curl you would exhale when you lift the weight up and inhale when you lower the weight back down. This allows the muscles to actively use the fuel (oxygen) that they need to perform the exercise.
You can also do power breathing exercises on their own. The more oxygen that the muscles can receive and use, the better they will perform. Here is a great exercise to try at home:
- Inhale as deeply as your can through your nose.
- Place your hand on your abdominals to feel it rise as you expand your lungs and diaphragm.
- Exhale completely as you feel the abdomen collapse with the breath.
- Do this 10 times as you quietly listen to the breath and body.
Once you master the art of using air to your advantage you will begin to notice that you feel better and stronger.
It will help you with everyday activities and lower your workout discomfort.