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Just Breathe: 5 Common Breathing Mistakes

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It might be surprising, but Dr. Amy Crawford-Faucher, a family medicine specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, says that most of us breathe wrong. This may come as a shock, especially since many of us consider breathing…well, natural. However, those of us who aren’t breathing properly, or not making the most out of breathing, could experience a slough of health issues—including higher levels of stress, lagging energy, and even weight gain.

Ok, so I know you’re thinking to yourself, “I’ve breathed unconsciously since birth, I don’t’ need breathing tips,” but trust me, these might help…

 

1. What is Respiratory Rate?

Like your heart, the rate at which you breathe can also be measured. This rate, according to exercise physiologists at NYU Langone’s Sports Performance Center, is known as your “respiratory rate,” and refers to the expected amount of breaths inhaled at rest.

Now individual respiratory rates differ based on lung volume, body size, etc., but the ideal rate is between 12 and 20 breaths per minute. However, the fact is that most people don’t take full advantage of their respiratory rate because they breathe far to fast and far too shallow at rest and during exercise. So breathe deep and take full advantage of your amazing lung capacity.

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