Why Breathing Should be Your First Focus When Working out.
Diaphragm’s primary function is to be our breathing muscle, but it also is active in maintaining posture and core stability as part of our inner torso unit. (Diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, Transverse abdominus, and multifidus)
We can survive several weeks without food and several days without water, but we cannot survive more than minutes without air. The critical nature of breathing can no
The difference between breathing and respiration; breathing is the physical act of moving air in and out of the lungs while respiration has two aspects: physiologically by transferring gas in lungs and cellular by producing energy in the cell components (mitochondria)
Diaphragmatic breathing is a key concept and tool for improving movement. Why?
Anatomically – breathing is when extension occurs with inhalation and flexion of the thoracic occurs with exhalation. Used with stretching – exhale used to enhance the relaxation into a stretch.
Whereas biomechanical breathing, those roles are switched. Inhalation to increase the intra-abdominal pressure during flexion and exhalation to improve muscular action and stability during extension. Biomechanical breathing is used to help us handle loads through the body during performance. It amps up our strength and stability.
Try it with a deadlift, KB swing, or military press
BIOMECHANICAL – aspect of breathing/respiration is about gas exchange. Getting oxygen in and carbon dioxide out to maintain and O2/CO2 balance in the blood/body. This occurs at a cellular level in which O2 is used in producing ATP which is responsible for generating energy for our muscles.
Determined by the blood levels.
PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICAL – breathing is part of the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic). Most of the ANS functions are beyond our control, but with breathing we can “control” it to an extent.
Understanding the implications of breathing, moving poorly does not mean you have “dysfunctional breathing”, also visa versa. Although the relationship is quite strong.
Dr. Stephanie Smith is a licensed sports chiropractic physician in the greater area of Atlanta. Originally from New York, Dr. Smith, found her love for sports while extensively participating in many activities, to find herself earning an athletic scholarship to Penn State where she participated with the Women's PSU soccer team. That, then took her further to play professionally in Vancouver, Canada in which there she became highly interested in improvement in sports performance and athletic durability. Her desire to continue playing at a high level earned her the opportunity to attend Life University in Marietta, GA where she earned her Doctorate degree in Chiropractic and also her Master's degree in sports medicine. Her drive and continued determination to help those seeking improved physical and health goals is her motivation behind creating this website and program called SportsFXN!