One of the greatest performance enhancers we can control is an action we all do around 20,000 times a day without a second thought - breathing. Respiration is a key factor in developing physical fitness, and influencing our mind and our sleep, so to perform at our best on any level, we should understand and improve how we breathe.
Sharing his decades of experience researching, teaching and experimenting with breathwork on this episode, Patrick McKeown explains the best techniques for mastering oxygen intake, the benefits of nasal breathing for our sleep and alertness, and how reducing chemosensitivity can improve our fitness even before we take a single step.
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In this episode we cover:
The effects of asthma on breathing habitsMouth vs nasal breathingBOLT scores and breath tests to indicate fitnessReducing CO2 chemosensitivityThe role of nasal breathing in trainingBreathing with masks on - both generally and as a training methodA breathing exercise to clear a congested nose