Do you breathe efficiently during physical exercise?
How you breathe on a daily basis will determine how you breathe during physical exercise.
Many people have inefficient breathing patterns, but are unaware of it. Chronic overbreathing is very common but leads to poor health and fitness and affects sports performance. Breathing too much air on a daily basis means you may experience excessive breathlessness during exercise, and/or limit your endurance and ability to go faster.
If you overbreathe, you exhale too much carbon dioxide, which most people understand to be a waste gas - so what is the problem? Well, what is less well known is that we need a sufficient amount of carbon dioxide in the blood for the body to deliver more oxygen to our muscles and organs, including the brain.
An indication that you are over breathing, or that your breathing is dysfunctional, could be the following:
- do you breathe through your mouth during the day?
- do you sleep with your mouth open (do wake up with a dry mouth in the morning)?
- do you snore or suffer from broken sleep?
- can you hear your breathing at rest?
- do you sigh or yawn regularly during the day?
- does your chest noticeably move more when you breathe?
- do you suffer from nasal congestion?
- do you get disproportionately breathless during physical exercise or sport?
- do you find it difficult to focus and/or concentrate?
If you can answer yes to any of the above, a tailored breathing programme could improve your overall health
and/or your sports performance. There are two parts to the Oxygen Advantage technique:
1. Improve your functional (daily) breathing during wakefulness and sleep
2. Simulating High Altitude Training (breath hold exercises) to improve athletic endurance and to reduce lactic acid build up