One of the most important articles you’ll ever read starts here
You don’t think about it, you do it automatically from the day you’re born till day you die. Yet you’re probably doing it the wrong way ! After I read the incredible book by James Nestor called Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, I knew I’m not going to practice mouth breathing ever again. (unless for a specific breathing exercise) Long story short, we, humans are now the worst breathers in the animal kingdom and as you’ll find out while reading the book, wrong breathing might and probably will result in a lot of medical issues, not mentioning that if you’re doing any kind of sport, learning how to breathe properly is a must for you.
I’ll give you my simple list of things I follow, but I’m not going to spoil the book here so please go and read the book, it will change your life for the better, and you will have one great skill to pass on your children, the one that is greatly important but no one taught you at school !
- Humans’ optimal breathing rate is 5.5 breaths per minute.
This works out to be 5.5 seconds per inhale and 5.5 seconds per exhale.
- Your nose is meant to be used for breathing, not your mouth !
- Practice breathing exercises, maybe I’ll do an article on this topic later, for now google “yoga breathing exercies” and try several, everyone is different so after time of practicing you’ll have some of your favourites that you’ll do regularly
- Yes !, you breathe only with your nose as well while running, I do not do any mouth breathing while running, if I can’t keep up with my breath, it means I need to slow down, as always, you listen to your body, it is much smarter than you think
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