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Pre-Workout Deep Breathing Exercises To Try

pexels-alexandr-podvalny-321576Take a deep breath, hold it in for a moment, then let go. Feel better? This could be one key to helping you through the rest of the year.

With the holidays approaching, we once again face the stress that accompanies them. Decorating homes and offices, planning grand family dinners, shopping, and accomplishing as much work as allowed before vacation. It’s no wonder the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are a stressful time for many, but it’s important to take care of yourself to avoid burnout and other problems.

Exercise is always a good remedy for relieving stress. When you go at your own pace you can improve your circulation and joint flexibility. Deep breathing techniques before your regular exercise routine may also enhance the experience.

Benefits of deep breathing exercises before working include:

  • Reduced feeling of stress
  • Increase in energy
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Improvement of circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Improved mood

When exercising, your muscles require more oxygen to work properly. Deep breathing beforehand may help the process so you feel less winded and tired during your routines. Like with stretching and warmups pre-exercise, it makes for an essential part of your routine.

One easy method to boost your lung power is to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your gut expand as you inhale. Pause a moment, then slowly let the air out through your mouth, keeping it pursed slightly open with your jaw relaxed. Feel your body relax as you exhale. Repeat the process three to five times and you may sense the difference in your energy and mood.

At Bon Secours Sports Performance, our team of expert trainers work with athletes of all skill levels with proper pre- and post-workout maintenance. Warming up and cooling down after a workout can help prevent injury and improve overall endurance. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and how we can help.