Introduction to breathing
Breathing is something that everyone does all day, most of the time without even thinking about it.
It comes so natural that only a few curious people actually think about breathing and different breathing patterns.
In fact, breathing is by far the most under trained skill for athletes.
You will learn in this series what the different types of breathing and several basic breathing patterns are, that you can use today to improve your life.
What breathing does inside our body
At first, we want to know what breathing actually does.
Sure, everyone knows that if you do not breathe, you will die. However, breathing does much more than just keeping you alive.
Breathing does several things to the body; here are the most important ones, Breathing;
- Cleanses out Excessive gasses in your body.
- Provides oxygen to your brain.
- Controls your heart, heart rate, and blood pressure.
- Provides oxygen to your muscles.
- All your vital organs survive, or thrive on your breathing.
Sadly, most people have ineffective breathe techniques, which results in a lower quality of life and health.
Breathing is a skill
Practice makes perfect
This is a quote, which is all too true; you will do what you practice. If your training is good, you will become better. However, if your practice something without good form or technique… You will become perfect at being bad.
Breathing is one of the few skills that people practice often. Moreover, they become perfect at their specific way of breathing.
The sad fact is that most people breathe wrong, and became very skilled at breathing inefficiently and as a result became weaker and unhealthier than necessary.
To help you live a better and healthier life, we will teach you several breathing techniques.
If you practice these techniques on a regular basis they will improve your quality of life.
What is breathing, and what are the different Breathing Patterns?
You can find all the necessary information on Breathing in the below posts.
- The Basics of Breathing
- Natural Breathing
- Reverse Breathing
- Power Breathing
- Other Breathing Patterns and Exercises
- What Breathing Pattern to use for which situation?
If you feel that I missed an important method, feel free to let me know, and I might write an article about that type of breathing in the future.
By now you have learned a whole arsenal of breathing patterns that will aid you in every situation in life.
I suggest that you set some time apart to practice your different breathing patterns.
Good times to practice these patterns are; after a training, to lower your heart rate, or before going to bed.
I train and use the following breathing patterns on a daily basis:
- 1-2 breathing during normal day-to-day life
- Natural breathing during normal day-to-day activities, sports, or cardiovascular exercises
- Power breathing during heavy weightlifting
- 1-4-2 breathing during meditation or before going to sleep. (I happen to meditate often before going to bed as well to become more time-effective.)
All the other breathing patterns are situational, and I do them only when required.
You got the knowledge, you know how to learn the different breathing patterns. it is now up to you to use these skills and use your breathing to get stronger, healthier and have more energy in your day-to-day life!
I hope that you learned something from this Series, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop a message or by leaving a comment below.