While this may seem like an unusual question, it is actually one I get asked a LOT! The concern is that there are theories around the BEST way to breathe to maximize results when exercising. Here are some:
• Breath should be shallow and quick
• Breathe through your nose only
• Breathe through your mouth only
• Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth
• Exhale on exertion
The truth is the way you breathe is a pretty personal process. When you workout, experiment with different patterns/methods and see how you feel. The way you breathe needs to make sense for your body and the type of workouts you do. The main take-away is this:
Don’t worry too much about breathing the “right” way. Master the steps above and you are golden!