Breathing Techniques for Exercise

Updated: Feb 24, 2019

Have you ever worked out close to someone in the same gym and found that their breathing technique is just so loud and discomforting? Sometimes, these people may not take note of their poor breathing technique until they are told and this is because breathing is such a reflex action that people rarely observe they are even doing it.

It is not a coincidence that both the mouth and nose have access to the trachea. It is made that way because of situations where the body needs a lot of oxygen and has to take out a large amount of carbon dioxide that only one channel cannot perform both tasks of inhaling and exhaling at about the same time. So during exercise, it is advised that you inhale deeply with your nose and exhale freely through the mouth.

People keep wondering why inhale with the nose and exhale through the mouth; why not the other around? From a professional point of view, I will enlighten you that the air that enters the body needs filtration and the nose has the responsibility and features for air filtration. There are situations when the load gets too much for the nose to handle alone; there will be a need for assistance by gulping plenty air down the trachea through the mouth and removing a large lump of air through the same channel.

Breathing might seem like a process that plays little role in the performance of the body or perhaps, you know it does play a vital role but does not understand how; here is a brief description of the importance of breathing in exercise and fitness.

Breathing and Weight Loss:

It is worthy of note that respiration is not complete until food is broken down; this means that we need oxygen to break down stored food components in the body. As we perform exercises and breathe, we send oxygen to cells to promote the breakdown of fat cells in the body resulting in weight loss.

Breathing and Body Organs:

It is evident that every part of the human body needs air and breathing provides this air to the body. During exercises and heavy activities, the level of demand by the body increases and there will be a need for more oxygen, and this is caused by overworking of many organs. For instance, during exercises the heart rate increases pass the 78bpm mark requiring a faster fill of the heart chambers and consequent increase in oxygen demand; the same thing happens to the brain and every other organ of the body.

As much as we neglect the relevance of rhythmic breathing, it is vital always to fill your lungs with a healthy amount of air to build your body confidence and compensate for some lapses in the air supply to the body.