Breathe to Relieve Stress and Perform Better as Well

Breathe to Relieve Stress and Perform Better as Well

I just ran across a blog reviewing Breathe Strong, Perform Better by Alison McConnell. I’ve copied it here. As you can see it adds even more importance to why you should learn to breath properly. I’ve been teaching breathing exercises for three decades to help people learn to relax. Here is evidence that for athletes the techniques also helps performance.

When you’re training you expect to work your muscles, your heart and lungs, even your mind. But breathing? That doesn’t seem to be one area that requires a whole lot of extra thought.

Not so fast, says Alison McConnell, a professor of applied physiology at Brunel University, in London. “Everyone thinks they know how to breathe during exercise, but unfortunately most people don’t do it very well,” says McConnell, who has extensively studied breathing muscle training and is the author of a new book,  Breathe Strong, Perform Better.

Most of the focus in our breath is on exhaling, pushing the air out of the lungs. But actually it’s the inhalation part—filling the lungs with oxygen—that plays the biggest role in both health and performance. “The majority of the work you do comes with breathing in,” explains McConnell, who has worked with Olympic and world champions in a variety of sports. “When you strengthen those muscles, exercise starts to feel easier.” Research shows that training the inspiratory muscles (the ones involved in inhalation, which includes the diaphragm, the deep abdominals, the muscles around the rib cage, and the pelvic muscles), can have a dramatic effect on performance, boosting speed endurance among sprinters by as much as 16% and helping world-class cyclists improve time-trial results by as much as 5%. It’s also been found to reduce stress and anxiety and help those with heart and lung diseases breathe easier, as well as lower high blood pressure.


This is some text prior to the author information. You can change this text from the admin section of WP-Gravatar  Mike Margolies: Sport Psychology Consultants ; Mike Margolies is a Sport Psychology Consultant, Certified Mental Trainer® (CMT), Author, and Professional Speaker. When you want to be the best that you can be and the one thing you might be missing is the right mental game - what can you do? Well, athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for over three decades to help them reach their potential. His clients include professional, elite, colligate and youth athletes in every sport. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game, or what mental training can do to help them become the athlete they want to be. He has trained professional and elite athletes and helped guide many to world championships and even the Super Bowl. Mike has trained more than 2000+ athletes. He has taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center. His new book is called The Athlete within You- A Mental Approach to Sports and Business. He currently works with individual athletes, teams and businesses around the world, both in person and via SKYPE. Mike is based out of the Pacific Northwest. Let him encourage you to play the game within the game. The Athlete within You is waiting to come out play. Learn the rules to the mental game to help realize your potential. Read more from this author

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