The Basics of Breathing

Basics of Breathing

There are three main ways of breathing, some more healthy than others. However, you can use them for different types of activities to be able to perform better and make you a stronger person.

Here are the three types:

Chest breathing

This is the way most adults breathe; this is also the most ineffective and the weakest way of breathing.

You can recognize if someone is breathing through their chest by the movement of the chest while breathing.

There are no known benefits of breathing through the chest; however, there are many negative consequences from chest breathing:


  • Short of breathe
  • Less oxygen provided to the brain and the muscles
  • Weaker core muscles
  • Low level of balance
  • Not being “Grounded” (Both physically and mentally).
  • Decreased lung capacity
  • Less strength
  • Less in touch with your emotions
  • Lower sexual performance


You will experience many more negative effects if you breathe this way. However, these points are more than enough to convince anyone that breathing through the chest is a bad thing.

Diaphragmatic Breathing

This type of breathing is healthier than the chest breathing, and is the preferred way of breathing when you need to express yourself by using your voice.

With this way of breathing, both your chest and belly will expand slightly when you breathe in.

The best way to learn this style of breathing is by imagining that you suck all the air into your midriff, also known as the solar plexus or by description; the triangular area between your ribs and your abdominal muscles.

There are several benefits by diaphragmatic breathing:

  • Increased lung capacity
  • You can project your voice better
  • You can breathe in more air, in a shorter time frame
  • Stronger Diaphragm and breathe control

This way of breathing also has several negative points to it:

  • Decreased strength
  • Decreased power

Core Breathing

The core breathing, or belly breathing is by far the preferred way of breathing for any physical activity. Such as sports, fitness, or just all day life.

You will gain many different benefits by breathing through your core, or belly, than you would get with the other two ways of breathing.

The benefits of core breathing are:


  • Bigger lung capacity
  • Better balance
  • You are “grounded” (Both mentally and physically)
  • Higher self confidence
  • More strength
  • Increased power
  • Stronger core muscles
  • Increased amounts of oxygen brought to the brain, which results in increased performances in a wide amount of activities.
  • Increased amounts of oxygen brought to the brain, resulting in better physical performances.
  • Better sexual performance


The negative points:


  • It is less good for projecting your voice than the Diaphragmatic breathing


You now know the three different ways of breathing, along with the benefits and downsides of each way.


You also know that breathing through your core, or through your belly is by far the most beneficial for overall fitness and well-being.

If you need to project your voice for some reason, it can be beneficial to switch to Diaphragmatic breathing, but just for the time when you need to project the voice, such as singing, or when you host a presentation. Just switch back to the core breathing after you are done with that activity.


This was the first part in our Series on “How Breathing makes You Stronger” the next article in this series explains you the “Natural Breathing Pattern” If you have any Comments, Questions or Suggestions feel free to leave a reply below, or contact us by clicking here

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