Why Breathing is Important During Exercise

Breathing During Exercise

Breathing During Exercise

Today’s Workout: Plyometrics
Inspirational Quote: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strength. When you go through hardship and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

I am a huge MMA fan and also an avid watcher of the Ultimate Fighter series. During the actual elimination fights, something always being yelled out by a cornerman is, “breathe” or “remember to breathe” or “we are always breathing!” Cornermen always seem to have to remind a fighter to breathe. Sure it’s common sense to breathe during any kind of vigorous activity right? Perhaps during the most intense situations, like getting your butt kicked in a fight, you have to be reminded about the basic things. I recently read an article about the importance of breathing during different kinds of exercise. Below are some good points I took away from the article.

Cardio Training: Avoid shallow breathing but rather take strong and deep breaths and establish a pattern that is comfortable to you. Shallow breathing could be a sign that you we are working too hard.

Strength or Resistance Training: Exhale during the exertion of force and inhale during the recovery movement of the exercise. A personal trainer once told me that if you exhale during a resistance move, it helps release the tension you are creating in your body. He also mentioned if you build up too much tension in your body, it could lead to a possible hernia. I’m not sure if this is factual. Does anyone have any insight to if this is true? If so, please leave a comment!

Relaxation: For workouts like Yoga and Tai Chi, focus on deeper diaphragmatic breathing. This is supposed to help you execute the moves more deliberately, relax, focus and help relieve stress.

Questions for readers:
What breathing techniques have you had success using?
Has anyone ever smoked a cigarette and then worked out?
If you answered yes to this question, (first off why…) and how did it affect your workout?

My name is Julian Placino and I am a Team Beachbody Coach. I've completed several Beachbody workout programs including P90X, P90X2, P90X3, Insanity and Insanity Asylum. Currently, I'm working through P90X3 Doubles! You can follow me on twitter @p90xsuccess. Click here to learn more about the benefits of becoming a Team Beachbody Member.