Sort Out Your Breathing To Improve Your Training Potential


Breathing is often something we take for granted, this is mainly because it is a predominantly subconscious movement that we perform approx. 20,000 times a day. In the same breath (no pun intended), we also fail to fully utilise our physical activity potential due to laboured and inefficient breathing.

For a quick fix, take a deep breath in and note whether your stomach goes in or out. If it goes out as you breathe then good, if it goes in then this indicates that you are not fully utilising your diaphragm (band of muscle that is key to breathing) and therefore not fully utilising your lung capacity.

Breathing from the chest and not the stomach tends to lead to shallow breathing, the type of breathing people do when anxious or stressed. This isn’t efficient and will begin to hinder your training capacity, you may find you can’t breathe this way the whole time during exercise, but it certainly pays to do it around exercise to ensure you strengthen the correct muscles ready for exercise.

If you can, intersperse deep stomach breaths with regular breaths during exercise to shift out some of that excess carbon dioxide. Try this technique now and when you’re next exercising, and see the difference it makes.




About the Author

Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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