Take a deep breath, slowly and fully inhaling and exhaling through your nose.
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Have you ever stopped to think about your breathing? The odds are, that you haven't. Most people don’t. Breathing is an automatic function of the body, but it can also be controlled. We all know that to live, we need to breath. Our bodies will do whatever it takes to make this happen but stress, your environment, and how you breath can impede and alter this this process.
The good news is that simple techniques like practicing nasal breathing can turn it all around.
Nasal breathing is the key to a healthier life. The benefits of taking slower, longer breaths in and out through your nose can reduce anxiety and boost your athletic performance. This has been proven by researchers worldwide!
The first step to changing your breathing is awareness. It might feel overwhelming at first but there are tested methods that can really help. You can try inhaling for five seconds and exhaling for five seconds. This is something Nestor suggests to help slow your breathing. Navy seals use a breathing technique called box-breathing to help them relax and center themselves. Box breathing consists of inhaling for four seconds, hold for four seconds, exhale for four seconds and hold for four seconds. This has a calming effect that allows for activation in your parasympathetic nervous system (the rest & digestive part of your body).
When we breathe correctly, a sufficient amount of carbon dioxide is present in our body. Our breathing pattern becomes quiet with controlled rhythmicity. When we overbreathe, the rhythm and force of our breaths become heavy. The excess carbon dioxide leaves our bodies gasping for air.
The Wim Hof Method, which is a mix of breathing and cold therapy has been seen in multiple major media outlets as well as used by many celebrities. This helps boost your immunity, and has been tested by many scientists.
Closing your mouth and taking deep breaths through your nose can help you feel less stressed, and can be that extra edge to your training.