It’s been said before “take a minute and breathe” and as it’s important to do in any tense situation, it’s just as vital to breathe right during a workout, a rule that often is broken. According a recent article from Livestrong, if you hold your breath or breathe too rapidly during exercising, you can suffer serious side effects.
A general rule of thumb for gaging breathing and intensity level is if you can talk easily while moving, you are not working at a high intensity level.
So how do you breathe correctly while working out? When you’re weightlifting, inhale during rest and exhale during exertion. If you want to increase your endurance during running, Stew Smith of Military.com suggests using a ratio of three counts inhaling to two exhaling during running to decrease heart rate and decrease lactic acid. Essentially, breathe on left, right, and when your left foot strikes then blow out on the right and when the left foot strikes. At any rate, breathing is important in any form of physical activity, just remember these two keywords: inhale and exhale.
Remember, if you have difficulty breathing while you exercise and experience shortness of breath, consult with your doctor or physician to rule out any underlying conditions.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”