You are most likely breathing incorrectly; correct it, and your life will change.

You are most likely breathing incorrectly; correct it, and your life will change.

Slowly inhale and exhale through your nose, taking a deep breath.
You're using an internal process to improve your health and fitness. It's easy to use, it's free, and it's constantly available.
Have you ever considered how you breathe? The majority of folks do not. Breathing is a natural bodily function, but it may also be controlled. To live, you must breathe, and your body will do everything it can to help you do so. However, your surroundings, stress, and the way you breathe can all influence and even obstruct this process.

The good news is that by merely practicing nasal breathing, you may completely reverse the situation.

Taking slower, longer breathes in and out through your nose can help with a variety of things, from anxiety reduction to improved physical performance. In a nutshell, nasal breathing slows down your breathing rate, which means your body doesn't have to work as hard to deliver oxygen to your bloodstream. According to a 2018 study published in the International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science, this is beneficial to general health and athletic performance.

Changing your breathing might be difficult, but beginning with awareness and using tried and true techniques will help. To calm your breathing, Nestor recommends inhaling for five seconds and expelling for five seconds. Box breathing, in which you inhale for four seconds, hold for four seconds, expel for four seconds, and hold for four seconds, is preferred by Navy seals. It has a relaxing effect and aids in the activation of the parasympathetic nerve system, which is responsible for rest and digestion.

In The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You, Patrick McKeown states, "When we breathe correctly, we have an adequate amount of carbon dioxide, and our breathing is quiet, regulated, and regular." "When we overbreathe, our breathing becomes heavy, more intense, and unpredictable, and we exhale too much carbon dioxide, leaving our bodies yearning for air."

The Wim Hof Method, which combines breathing and cold therapy, has not only piqued the interest of big media outlets and celebrities, but it has also been scientifically proven to improve immunity.

The researchers of a study published in the National Library of Medicine write, "The present proof-of-principle study demonstrates that the sympathetic nervous system and immune system can be voluntarily influenced through practicing techniques that are relatively easy to learn within a short time frame." “As a result, it could have significant implications for the treatment of a number of disorders associated with excessive or persistent inflammation, including auto-immune diseases,” says the study.

Start watching your breathing and closing your mouth if you want to give your workout an edge or simply feel less stressed.