Breathing. It’s something you do from the moment you are born. Nothing to it! Yet, how is it that most of us don’t breathe efficiently. We have trouble breathing deeply, and instead take shallow breaths that don’t fully engage the diaphragm and abdomen.
Learning how to breathe deeply and efficiently is actually important to your workouts and to your health. Scuba divers know it, and so do long-distance runners, who train their breathing much as they train their muscles. Efficient, deep breathing brings oxygen and energy to your cells, making them more capable of working to the best of their ability. Correct breathing while exercising gives you more oxygen and energy to complete your movements. Inefficient breathing, or worse, holding your breath, creates a deficiency of oxygen that can quickly make your movements and exercises labored — or even dangerous.