When we breathe through our mouth, we compromise our body’s ability to trap unwanted particles before they enter the lungs. Most of us are chronic over-breathers when stressed, taking shallow breaths in and out of our mouths. Excessive breathing or hyperventilation can further cause stress and anxiety.
By switching to slow breathing in through the nose, you avoid anxiety build-up and help your body cope with stress. With practice, this becomes a subconscious and productive response to stress, helping improve your intake of oxygen.
Breathing through your nose forces you to take fuller, deeper breaths and stretch your diaphragm optimally.
1. Spend a few minutes daily focusing on your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply through the nose
2. Mindfully breathe in and out through your nose during warm ups, and stop whenever you find you have to breathe through your mouth
3. Follow this throughout your workout