Learning to Inhale — and Exhale — for a Better Workout

You wouldn’t wear cycling shoes to run a marathon, so why would you not alter your breathing based on your workout? 

To be honest, I’d never put too much thought into this until I came across this article at Self.com. But it makes perfect sense. 

Whether you are running or lifting weights, breathing is key to your performance (which impacts how many calories your body burns). For example, the article points out that the faster you run a mile, the more calories you burn per minute.

According to Alison McConnell, PhD and author of Breathe Strong, Perform Better, who was interviewed for the article, you should inhale a sip of air through your nose and mouth on the first foot strike. Then, exhale through your mouth on your third foot strike.  

You'll naturally fall into a rhythm of inhaling and exhaling every two steps,” she added.  

The article further explains that when your cadence matches your breaths your stride becomes smoother, and you’ll be able to speed up. Click here to read the full article, and find out how you should breathe for primo performance while cycling, swimming, weight lifting and doing yoga.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, this weekend I’m off to the Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands, N.C., to try my hand at golf. Stay tuned to find out if this lesson leads to a love for playing the sport — or if I’m better off remaining a golf spectator.

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