Correct Breathing while Exercising

Proper breathing during exercise depends a bit on what sorts of exercises you plan to do. For example, during cardiovascular exercises it's always best to take deep, slow breaths. That way, you keep your body supplied with much-needed oxygen.

Cardiovascular exercise
Cardiovascular exercise is basically any sort of prolonged exercise that challenges your heart and lungs. For example, jogging and bike riding are both cardiovascular exercises. For joggers especially, there's a temptation to over-exert themselves. That can cause shallow breathing, which leads to reduced efficiency, dizzy spells, fainting and other problems.

Breathing during Resistance/Weight Training
Cardiovascular exercises are one thing, but what about breathing during resistance exercises, like weight training. The muscles used for weight training don't necessarily need oxygen in the short-term sense. In fact, many weight lifters at the local gym are guilty of holding their breath as they pump that iron every day. So, you might think it's alright to do that, too.

Different breathing methods

Talk to Your Trainer First

Remember, during any exercise routine it's best to have the advice of your doctor and/or a certified fitness trainer. Talk to them about your specific situation. Learning the proper breathing techniques during exercise is only going to take you so far, especially if you have underlying health issues. So, you need to make sure that you get the right medical advice to help you stay on track.

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