Conscious Breathing for Optimum Sports Performance

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Impaired Breathing Habits Limits Your Sports Performance

If your breathing is impaired, you can’t run, swim, bike or maintain your concentration, strength, and endurance optimally. A study of 331 people, ranging from recreational exercisers to elite athletes, showed that 65 percent of the participants considered their breathing to be the limiting factor while performing maximally.

But how many of us actively practice improving our breath for optimal oxygenation when we jog, bike, play soccer, golf, tennis or ice hockey?

Effects of Impaired Breathing
Constricts airways Harder to breathe
Constricts blood vessels Decreases the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles
Accelerates the formation of lactic acid Getting tired faster
Reduces oxygenation of the muscles Reduces ATP production, speed, and endurance
Acidified blood and incerases free radicals Increased risk of injury
Health problems Less time to work out
Study of 331 athletes – What stops you at maximum performance?
Weak muscles (poor fitness) 15%
Tired muscles (lactic acid) 20%
Breathing 65%

11 Factors That Show Why Effective Breathing is Important for Increased Performance:

Your athletic performance can be significantly improved through more efficient breathing habits and an increase in the blood’s oxygen carrying capacity. Let’s have a closer look at how we can use the often untapped potential of the breath to optimize your performance when you exercise.

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Anders Olsson

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Anders Olsson is a lecturer, teacher and founder of the Conscious Breathing concept and the author of The Power of Your Breath. After living most of his life with a ”hurricane of thoughts” bouncing back and forth in is head, Anders was fortunate enough to come across tools that have helped him relax and find his inner calm. The most powerful of these tools has undoubtedly been to improve his breathing habits, which made Anders decide to become the worlds most prominent expert in breathing. This is almost 10 years ago and since then he has helped tens of thousands of people to a better health and improved quality of life. His vision is "Together we change the world, one breath at a time." Read more about Anders here >>