Breathing Techniques While Exercising
A lot of our members ask me about proper breathing technique during training. Breathing is not something you need to worry about preset…trust me, your body will tell you when its time to breath and there is no real secret to it…even in boxing. On the other hand, there are breathing techniques while exercising that can be used in boxing (and other sports) that do produce better mental focus, system recover and harness energy.
Focus: Next time you are in class between rounds or when your trainer give you a break, I want you to stop, plant both your feet and focus your attention on your breathing. Put your hands behind your head (this will expand the lung capacity) and begin taking in deep breaths through your nose. Then exhale out through your mouth. Imagine ice cold crystal clear BLUE air, each time you take in the breath through your nose and as you exhale, imagine pushing out hot dark RED air through your mouth. As you practice this skill, you will soon discover that you recover faster, your heart rate slows quicker, and your thinking becomes more clear faster than if you simply breath as you would normally. This is both a “visualization” technique used in sport psychology and a breathing technique while exercising used by exercises physiologist that will help you improve your control and help you get the most out of each training session.