BREATH AND PHYSICAL EXERCISE
“Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our own life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing, it is tragically deplorable to observe the millions and millions who have never learned to master the art of correct breathing. ” Joseph Pilates. Unfortunately these days, most people on the planet have forgotten how to breathe properly and the main cause of this is daily stress due to concerns, responsibilities, work, etc. There are people who spend months without taking a deep breath, others only do it when they go to the family doctor, and when they least expect it they find themselves full of headaches, migraines, muscle tension and much more, just because they don't. breathing properly. Breathing properly not only makes us more able to continue at a strong pace for longer, but also calms us down, allowing exercise to fully fulfill its health-promoting function. In fact, breathing is vital for our body and for our survival, because it is through this that we oxygenate our organism, take nutrients to cells, recharging energy levels and release carbon dioxide. exercise brings enormous benefits, including the reduction of tension in the respiratory muscles, anxiety, promotes the feeling of relaxation, improves concentration and focus, increases perception, increases performance and helps to reduce stress levels. Slow abdominal breathing contributes to a decrease in the activity of the sympathetic nervous system (Joseph), reducing tension in the respiratory muscle, decreasing anxiety levels and promoting a feeling of relaxation (Boyer). Diaphragmatic breathing is considered the healthiest way to breathe and it is one of the simplest forms. In addition, diaphragm breathing is considered the most effective of the techniques that manages the stress level, reducing and controlling periods of anxiety and panic attacks (Joseph, Boyer, Van). An ideal breath is made through the nose because the air it enters hot and humid in the lung. Breathing during exercise requires greater ventilation, especially when it comes to more intense exercise. Often, during exercise the nose is not able to ventilate on its own and the consequence of this inability is because we breathe through the mouth, which can sometimes cause some pain and discomfort.
Breathing during exercise when done correctly helps your performance effectively as well as aiding well-being and relaxation. The diaphragm muscle plays a very important role in breathing and also in activating the core and helping to stabilize the spine. So it is fundamental for a better posture during the exercises and well being in general.