Fitness Fun & Facts: The Importance of Optimal Breathing

Every breath you take

Your breathing patterns affect numerous functions in your body. At the same time, how your body functions can also affect your breathing patterns.

Several studies have been done to demonstrate how dysfunctional breathing patterns can affect postural stabilization, increased exhalation of CO2 which can elevate the body’s blood pH, as well as lead to various muscle imbalances. They can also cause muscle tension, reduced motor control, muscle spasms, and increased pain sensitization.  Additionally, quick breathing affects body chemistry such as changes in magnesium, calcium, and potassium which can affect motor control mechanisms involved with core (muscles between the shoulders and the hips) function. 

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