How to Breathe Correctly During Exercising

Relaxing and being at peace is totally essential while exercising. And the best way to do this is to breathe correctly. While it may sound completely stupid, doing this can drastically improve your yoga, running, dance, or any other sport.


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    Find your pace. If you're dancing or doing yoga or even running, there might be music in the background. Find the beats in your song and try to breathe along with them. If it's a fast song, breathe maybe every 2-4 beats. If you're running breathe along with your pace. Breathe in and out every 4-8 counts. Count to keep time, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
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    Establish a Breathing method. Decide how you're going to breathe. Most people like to inhale through their nose, hold it for however long they need, then exhale through their mouths. Exhale slowly so you can keep up with your counts and don't breathe super loudly like Darth Vader. This will waste energy and get annoying.
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    Try not to change. While you can change your breathing pace, it's better not to. If you are going to, make sure you have the counts in your head.
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    Be consistent. No matter how tired you are, try to keep breathing. If you feel lightheaded or anything, though. STOP. Take a break. Remember that the breathing is there to help you not to hurt you.


  • Breathing while stretching is also really helpful and can get your blood moving.
  • Breathing like this on a daily basis can get your body pumping and get you into the habit of breathing as such.
  • Practice breathing everyday. You can do it in bed, going to sleep (which does help you go to sleep if you're not holding your breath.)
  • If it helps, rest your hands on your stomach while practicing.
  • Get used to breathing to lots of different tempos, songs, and rhythms.


  • Don't constantly breathe through your mouth.
  • Make sure you have a good breathing method. Don't strain your lungs.
  • Don't hold your breath for too long. Find a good time for you. 4 counts for each inhale and then 4 for the exhale is usually good.
  • Don't breathe too fast or you could hyperventilate and pass out.

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