Ever wondered; Despite doing everything right, your performance in on the slower side. You have the right supplement during training, right nutrition pre and post training, the right gears, but you fail to conserve energy to go for that extra mile, or to do those extra few necessary reps. Who’s to blame? Breathing!
Breathing plays a vital role in conserving energy and also refueling your body by providing oxygen supply to the blood stream. As we inhale we reserve energy and exhale to expel. During training, when our body starting exerting, we release energy and with exhaustion it becomes difficult to keep a store of energy.
So, How do we reserve more energy to attain increased performance? As part of the training process, we also would need to train our breathing technique. This is how we do it;
- For exercises, that involves working something up against the gravity, fast exhale through the mouth, when your are about to complete the movement. Inhale slow and deep through your nose, when you are working with the natural flow of motion with gravity.
- The above applies, when you are working your body against gravity and towards it.
- While running we need to practice controlling our breathing to conserve energy. Slow inhales and burst exhales are the way to go.
- At times, expert would come with a rational figure of inhale:exhale e.g 3:1 or 2:1 in terms of the time taken. But, your body knows, how much it needs to replenish itself. Rather than focusing on the breathe ratio, focus on your form.
What happens, when we control our breathing as above? Slow, deep inhales, let you take in more oxygen and it provides your cardio-vascular system enough time to optimally circulate the inhaled oxygen, fueling your body for the extra effort. Hence, increasing your performance.
Burst exhaling, let’s you burn the inhaled oxygen fast, releasing spurs of energy for the movement, moreover, it increases power. As with anything, it requires practice to control breathing. Practice, and thank me later.