If you are a living human being, you are breathing on a regular basis. In fact, you are doing it about 20,000 times a day. The alternative, as far as we know, would render you incapable of staring at your computer screen to read this blog post. But just because you are breathing, doesn’t mean you are doing it well. In fact, most of us have significant room to improve. From helping with chronic neck or back pain to improving your strength and performance, working on improving the way you breathe can have a huge payoff.
Yes, there is a right and a wrong way to breathe as we discussed in our first blog. Maybe a better way to say it would be to say there is an optimal way to breathe. One that primarily utilizes the full capacity of our diaphragm muscle. One that allows you to better support your posture and core, one that allows you to take in a higher level of oxygen at a lower level of effort and one that decreases the amount of stress and strain on your body that poor breathing inevitably places on it. There are a lot of good reasons to understand and work toward good diaphragm breathing!