Number 3 - 2018

Content

  1. Article - Study Busts Exercise Myth About Mouth Breathing
  2. Testimonial - Could Cut 10 minutes on My 10 km Run in Six Weeks
  3. Testimonial - Conscious Breathing has Changed My Life
  4. Article - Conscious Breathing for Optimum Sports Performance
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Hi !

I am currently participating in a breathing study at Stanford, one of the highest ranked medical institutions in the USA. For ten days we had our nose blocked so that we could only breathe through our mouth. Quite a challenge since I've spent the last nine years trying to optimize my breathing, which includes breathing through my nose.

After the days with blocked nose and mouth breathing, which thankfully is over, we do ten days of Conscious Breathing. The aim of the study is simply to test whether poor breathing can bring our health down and if good breathing can restore our health.

Since the study is still in progress, the results are not finalized. Nevertheless it is obvious that mouth breathing have had a severe negative effect on my sleep, energy, mental capacity, mood and digestion. For example, during blocked nose I snored on average 2 hours 45 minutes per night and with taped mouth my snoring was reduced to only 9 minutes per night.

/Anders
Study Busts Exercise Myth About Mouth Breathing

Study Busts Exercise Myth About Mouth Breathing

Most of us have been taught that we have to breathe through our mouth when we exert ourselves, but I argue that the belief that mouth breathing is necessary while engaging in physical activity, even when we exert ourselves at the top of our ability, is a complete myth.

In a study completed with ten CrossFit athletes at a CrossFit-gym in Karlskrona, Sweden, the results confirm my claim. CrossFit is mainly known for two things: a) the wide variety of exercises, and b) the training is done with timed high-intensity workout.
Could Cut 10 minutes on My 10 km Run in Six Weeks

Could Cut 10 minutes on My 10 km Run in Six Weeks

Training is a part of my everyday life and I compete in OCR (Obstacle Course Racing). I have always been working out but the last four years I have increased the intensity. Four years ago I worked out 4-5 times per week but now I do as much as 6-8 work outs per week, which includes running, swimming and CrossFit.

Already after a few days of Conscious Breathing I noticed the difference. I woke up at 5am in the morning and felt rested and could go out for a run before my family woke up (husband and four kids). I had so much energy I couldn’t believe it.

The strangest thing was that I didn’t even feel tired after finishing my runs. I recovered extremely quickly and within only 6 weeks I was able to cut 10 minutes on my usual 10 km run! I have gone from 55 minutes, with mouth breathing, to 45 minutes with nose breathing. Incredible! I couldn’t get my head around how this was even possible since I had not changed a single thing in the way I train.
Conscious Breathing has Changed my Life

Conscious Breathing has Changed my Life

My life has changed since I came in touch with Conscious Breathing. I cannot get my head around why there is not a greater focus on breathing. I mean breathing is the most vital function in order to stay alive whatsoever. I am working on breathing correctly and it has given me a new life.

As an athletic old man, it is obvious that you don’t get faster or smoother over the years. Breathing with my stomach and through my nose removes the lactic acid in the muscles during running, cycling, skiing and rollerskiing. It is magical – I feel like I’m a teenager again. (Imagine if I had mastered this skill when I was at my peak level.)
Conscious Breathing for Optimum Sports Performance

Eleven factors why effective breathing is important for increased performance

If your breathing is impaired, you can’t run, swim, bike or maintain your concentration, strength, and endurance optimally. But how many of us actively practice improving our breath for optimal oxygenation when we jog, bike, play soccer, golf, tennis or ice hockey?

Your athletic performance can be significantly improved through more efficient breathing habits and an increase in the blood’s oxygen carrying capacity. In this article you can read more about the eleven factors that show why effective breathing is important for increased performance when you exercise.
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