How breathing exercises can transform your training

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IMG_7575Breathing!

The number one requirement for survival and the most overlooked quality of health.

Lousy breathing is often the mechanism for many mobility issues, chronic pain and sickness.

For athletes, it separates the good from the great. The idea of practicing breathing has been around for thousands of years. Somehow our health and fitness culture managed to strip it away for flashier looking exercises.

Big mistake!

We have the Yogis to thank for not letting it go away completely – they always knew the value. True to form when something is rediscovered by our fitness culture, the issue now is that we are reverse engineering it so deeply, that our idea of respiration training is very confused.

Breathing should be treated like any other exercise or practice. Build a competency for it! Can you breath well laying down? Standing up? In athletic positions? Can you breath slow? Fast? Can you move without breathing? Can you move with breathing? Can you breath low? Can you breath high? Can you breath when tired?

Building this kind of competency with breathing could literally be the most powerful thing you do with your health and performance!

Want to start today?

Try simple Box Breathing: inhale 4 sec, hold 4 sec, exhale 4 sec, hold 4 sec, repeat for 1-2 min. Make sure to inhale through your nose. You can progressively increase the ratio or change it to accommodate what feels best for you.

Breath well!

Taylor Kruse_5 reebokAbout the Author:

Taylor Kruse is dedicated to empowering you with the truth and tools for improved health and performance. His inspiration stems from more than 10 years of education and coaching through systems like Zhealth Performance, The Burdenko Method, and various movement practices.

 

 

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