Ok, if you’re not breathing you’re likely

to be dead!


but that type of breathing is involuntary

i.e. your body does it automatically

without any thought


Why do we breathe?

When you breathe in, oxygen is

transported to all the cells in your body


When you breathe out, carbon dioxide

is expelled from all the cells along with

some water


Without these two reactions, the cells

wouldn’t be able to function and or

they would become toxic and die


(this is a very simple explanation)


Yesterday at yoga I introduced a

little breathing at the end, this time I’m

talking about controlled breathing

where you are focused on your inhale

and exhale


So, 3 reasons why you need to ‘breathe’


Relaxation / Stress Management

If you are feeling stressed the best thing

you can do is slow down your breathing

which will also bring your heart rate

and your thoughts down too


Lie on the floor on your back (or stay

seated), close your eyes if you can and

begin to breathe in and out through

your nose


place your fingertips on your diaphragm

and aim to breathe from there and not

from your shoulders


breath in for a count of 5 and out for a

count of 5, after a minute or two

increase this to 8 and higher as you




So many people hold their breath when

exercising and then get dizzy or feel weak

and need to sit down or go out for air

the main culprits are…


holding an exercise for a length of time

like the plank

Lifting a heavy weight like squatting

with a barbell

Getting out of breath while doing some



Your muscles need the oxygen to keep



For plank – try the relaxation breathing

but maybe aim for a count of 3 to start


Lifting weights – breath in on the easy

part and out on the exertion, for a squat

this would be in on the way down and out

on the way up


Cardio – if your breathing is very ragged

ease off for a minute or two, get your

breath under control and start again and

try to keep the breath in the diaphragm

and slower throughout


Digestive System

All of your body functions will benefit

from focused and deep breathing as the

oxygen is increased and stress reduced


the parasympathetic nervous system is

activated by slow deep breaths allowing

the body to digest food properly and can

help with IBS, bloating and constipation


I have to admit, I used to find it a bit

boring thinking about breathing, I think

cause my mind travels so fast it seemed



but I’ve been playing around with it more

and more recently and it is amazing how

something so simple can have such an



I’d love to hear from you if this is part of

your daily life or if you give it a try after

reading this – get in touch x



p.s. if anyone knows how to teach it to a dog

that would be even better (constant panting!)




Carolyne is the owner of Fit Strong Females with a Studio in Glasgow City Centre and an Online Membership Site, with 18 years experience. She is also a Fitness, Success and Food Blogger, Author and Writer. You can contact her at carolyne@fitstrongfemales.com or find more information at fitstrongfemales.com 

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