Why and HOW to leverage this insane tool
Breathing drills don't seem sexy until you stop experiencing chronic pain, notice that your anxiety/stress management has completely changed, efforts like jogging, swimming, training in general are WAY easier, and your mobility improves despite doing LESS stretching and soft tissue work. It's lit, fam.
3 DRILLS TO UPGRADE YOUR BREATHING
Basically tempo breathing. Try to inhale softly through the nose and allow the chest to expand with the lungs w/o raising your shoulders and exhale with an open mouth slowly - like you're trying to fog a mirror.
Sitting tall, inhale slowly through your nose, feeling air inflate your lungs and belly. As you exhale through your nose, force the air out from your stomach (note: If you can’t breathe fully, you may need nasal irrigation like NeilMed - I do it 2x/week).
Prone Belly Breathing
Lying on your stomach with your head on your arms, inhale through your nose, expanding your stomach into the ground followed by your upper back. Then exhale, pressing all the air from your stomach upwards.
Other than walking, teaching my clients how to breathe is one of the most game-changing practices they adapt (I know because they tell me...often).