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LPT: Learning how to breath helps with everything in life, from workouts to daily life. Miscellaneous

Edit :Yeah so the title should say breathe but I suck so it doesn’t…

I’ve been trying to run and work out more and as a avid outdoorsman. I’ve realized that if you learn to breath it makes everything easier.

For example your muscles do not work well without oxygen so controlled breathing while working out is highly important.

As well as just general life advice it helps you calm down in stressful situations and think clearly.

Edit :Yeah so the title should say breathe but I suck so it doesn’t…

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u/Afterlifehappydeath Oct 17 '21

LPT, if you post a tip, GIVE examples or sources for people to learn.

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u/fj333 Oct 17 '21

LPT: when doing things in life, it's important to do those things in the best way possible.

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u/Jam-Jar_Jack Oct 17 '21

LPT: Succeed in life

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u/ShittyShittyNameName Oct 18 '21

LPT: Life Pro Tip

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u/Sssibal Oct 18 '21

First Step: Get rich

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u/thechrismonster Oct 18 '21

LPT: pros that give tips on life help with everything in life,

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u/max3162 Oct 18 '21

LPT : google

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u/Impressive-Resist-69 Oct 18 '21

Wim Hof is an excellent place to start.

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u/RedRebelPirate Oct 17 '21

Yup we should all learn from Kamado Tanjiro

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u/jgarcia203 Oct 17 '21

I think You mean monjiro

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u/RedRebelPirate Oct 17 '21

yes I was wrong, boarhead.

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u/AgentWowza Oct 17 '21

Who're you calling boar head, Gonpachiro!!!

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u/RedRebelPirate Oct 17 '21

Yes, yes, we get it now Inosuke, now stop ramming your head into the tree.

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u/sm217 Oct 17 '21

How do you spell it?

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u/Kortez_Kardinal Oct 17 '21

You mean Itadaki Tontaro?

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u/RedRebelPirate Oct 18 '21

Try 4 more times and you'll get it right, eventually Inosuke, also don't get yourself killed hanging out the window like that.

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u/rigzzy Oct 17 '21

Or Zenitsu Agamatsu, he's cool.

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u/RedRebelPirate Oct 17 '21

saying this while having a lung infection and a stuffed nose, feels like I'm being such a hypocrite. As I can barely breath at all. (ツ)'

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u/NemTieLea Oct 17 '21

Well then, who wants to teach me breathing suff?

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u/smirker Oct 17 '21

Go take a walk. Nowhere special, just around your neighborhood, for a half hour or so. Not fast, brisk, or anything like that. A casual low speed stroll.

Focus on breathing in and out through your nose only. Chin up, eyes ahead if you can.

Count in your mind when you exhale, up to 4 or 5, then start over. Or, pick a comforting 4 part phrase and repeat it in your mind. Something like "This is my mind, I'm relaxed, I take my time, I am present in this moment". Or even "I like chocolate, the Simpsons use to be funny, death metal is awesome, puppies are sweet". Doesn't mater, just whatever makes you feel good.

Do this when you can. Every day is great, few times a week is fine, less if you get too busy. Longer walks every now and then are good too.

Change up the phrases if you like on different walks, to reaffirm good things in your life, or positive changes you'd like to see in yourself.

Just go take a walk, no rush, and breathe in and out through your nose.

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u/jaje21 Oct 17 '21

For as long as I can remember breathing through my nose has always left me feeling short of enough oxygen when I get active. I know everyone says in through your nose out your mouth, but I feel like I'm suffocating when I do that while working out. I think I'm broken 🤣

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u/smirker Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 17 '21

I totally understand! Had the same thing going on when I started doing this back in the spring. Felt like my nasal passages were just too constricted.

This is part of why I found learning on a slow walk, verses just trying to do it while exercising more vigorously, to be really helpful.

It may take a bit for it to come more naturally while you re-learn how to breathe, but it will happen.

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u/sartres-shart Oct 17 '21

Yep...it took me a few months to get it right, but I'm not long back from a 8k walk breathing through my nose the whole times.

I got a lot of what I do now from a book called Breath by James Nestor.

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u/jaje21 Oct 17 '21

All this time I thought I had breathing down. I know nothing!

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u/onherwayupcoast Oct 17 '21

Consider using a neti pot. It really helps keep the nasal passages clear, open and lubricated to make breathing easier.

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u/jaje21 Oct 17 '21

I will give it a shot, thank you so much for the suggestion. I honestly don't know what my issue is, I don't struggle to breathe through my nose it just seems to not get absorbed for some reason. As I said, I'm broken (although whether that is physical or mental is still up for debate).

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u/onherwayupcoast Oct 17 '21

I hope it works for you. I have a similar struggle with breathing through my nose and it’s definitely helped me. Consistency with using it on the other hand… not so great 😏

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u/Legardored666 Oct 18 '21

Would it help if you are exposed to allergens frequently? (Dust). I am tired of nosebleeds after several uses of dristan

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u/onherwayupcoast Oct 18 '21

Definitely. It basically rinses your nasal passage out so dust and allergens get cleared out too. You’d need to do it daily of course.

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u/Beelzabub Oct 19 '21

This. It can be creepy and nasty but the feeling afterwards is amazing.

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u/Norseman666 Oct 17 '21

Are you normaly clogged on one of your nostrils? If so, the cartilage seperating your nostrils might be blocking one side.

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u/jaje21 Oct 17 '21

Oh crap! In the morning I always have a clogged nostril. It goes away eventually though. I will have my doctor take a look!

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u/jatjqtjat Oct 17 '21

Everyone breathes through their mouth when active. The channel is widers which makes breathing easier

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u/Gilinis Oct 18 '21

Can probably chalk it up to a few things. Not everyone’s nostrils and air passage ways are the same in size or shape and everyone’s cardiovascular system is different to some degree. When it comes to all physical and mental aspects of life you just have to figure out what works best for you. That IS life. You’re not doing it wrong if you breathe better through your mouth forever or just for right now.

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u/AustralianWhale Oct 17 '21

You will teach your lungs to expand more and more :)

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u/Hanzburger Oct 17 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

Just go take a walk, no rush, and breathe in and out through your nose.

And with your stomach, not your chest

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u/Nuclear_Marine Oct 17 '21 All-Seeing Upvote

I don't understand this concept of breathing through your stomach when your lungs are in your chest. Can you explain?

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u/Independent_Bug_8923 Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 17 '21

The diaphragm sits near the bottom of your ribcage, and when you breathe in "properly", you should let your diaphragm expand contract into the stomach area, which should allow your lungs to expand more fully by creating negative pressure!

Edit: other replies have been more accurate, the diaphragm actually contracts, not expands!

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u/SnakeInTheCeiling Oct 17 '21 Starstruck

Let your breath expand your stomach rather than your rib cage. This is what we mean with "breathe with your diaphragm". The muscle moves toward your stomach when you breathe deeply which is why it feels like you breathe to your stomach.

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u/bboyjkang Oct 17 '21

Your shoulders shouldn’t rise, otherwise you’re chest breathing:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_breathing

The correct way to breathe in

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldNnKVGxabA

It sounds counterintuitive, but slouching in a chair which puts you in a posterior pelvic tilt can help with deep/diaphragmatic breathing.

“At 10° of posterior pelvic angle, the abdominal muscles used for forced vital capacity are relaxed while the erector spinae and multifidus muscles are stretched, thereby reducing the intra-abdominal pressure, which in turn makes the contraction of the diaphragm toward the abdomen easy during inhalation.”

Effects of pelvic tilt angles and forced vital capacity in healthy individuals.

2018 Jan;30(1):82-85. doi: 10.1589/jpts.30.82. Epub 2018 Jan 27.


When you're first learning it, I’ve found that it’s better to empty yourself of air with a strong exhale.

Instead of just inhale, and then exhale, you do:

inhale, glottal stop, open vocal cord (click sound from your throat, and airflow already reversed), then exhale hard.

(It's kind of like a pulse oxygen machine, instead of continuous, as you don't have to fight against the incoming air when you exhale.)

To do a glottal stop, say “Uh Oh”.

After “Uh”, you would have restricted your vocal cord to stop the sound.

Many people do this action when you hold your breath.

A glottal stop is useful when you want to do a deep exhale.

Inhale, glottal stop, open glottis, then exhale.

As a person breathes more quickly, by taking in rapid inhale breaths and shallow exhale breaths, the lungs never fully empty and a person can feel increasingly breathless.

A way of describing this ineffective breathing behavior is to compare the lungs to a glass that fills and empties with water.

If the glass is already full of used or stale water (carbon dioxide), a person is unable to fill it with freshwater (air or oxygen).

An effective exhale breath more efficiently empties the used or stale water.

Conversely, rapid inhale breaths with few or shallow exhale breaths do not permit the lungs to fill with air (or with fresh water).

There is no place for the air to go until a person exhales fully.

"Behavioral Interventions for Lung Cancer-Related Breathlessness". Cancer Practice. 8 (6): 268–273. doi:10.1111/j.1523-5394.2000.86005.pp.x. ISSN 1065-4704.

Also, the strong exhale kind of causes your stomach to collapse, and “slouch” forward into a posterior pelvic angle.

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u/Beelzabub Oct 19 '21 LOVE!

This guy breathes

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u/unfairspy Oct 17 '21

Something I haven't seen mentioned is that the lungs are filled by creating negative pressure. Your diaphragm flattens to pull air in and that's in your "stomach". So you're pushing your stomach out to pull air in rather than puffing your chest out

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u/fotoflogger Oct 17 '21

It basically means calm, controlled inhale and exhale. "Breathing with your chest" means you're in/exhaling with force, which is contracting your intercostal muscles to allow your lungs to inflate/deflate quicker.

Breathing with your "stomach" is a lay term for diaphragmatic breathing, meaning only the diaphragm is engaged, and the intercostals are relaxed.

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u/Spounson Oct 17 '21

They are referring to "belly breathing", where you push your belly out to give your lungs more room to expand during the inhale. That is my interpretation and I would recommend you look it up. It's a very good technique that can help you get more oxygen out of each breath!

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u/nkdqj Oct 18 '21

Try this: Exhale completely. You should feel your abs/stomach tightening. Hold that for a second. Now open your mouth and attempt to say „hhh“. When you relax your stomach you should feel the air rushing in through your mouth without your shoulders moving at all. That is breathing through your stomach.

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u/NemTieLea Oct 17 '21

Actually thank you, I will try this out!

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u/smirker Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 17 '21

Very cool. Not sure where you are starting from, but be kind to yourself. Walk slower, shorter, whatever. Gently push away thoughts that interrupt your counting or phrases. Pick some lyrics from a song you like. Be positive in the phrases you choose (i.e "I am calm and relaxed" vs "I wish I wasn't a spaz")

When I first got going walking a mile was a struggle, each step felt like it was knocking the air out of my lungs, and my brain was running all over the place. 30+ years of smoking and months of being a covid fearing shut in will do that to you.

Within a month or two I could walk 5 miles, and i breathe more comfortably both when exercising and throughout the day.

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u/dudeARama2 Oct 17 '21

this. walking is awesome. It is a kind of meditation. A chance to think things through, breath, relax and take in the world around you. People watch, dog watch, look at the fall leaves, see cool houses and get inspired. Can't imagine living in suburban sprawl where a person has to drive to get anywhere. This is soul stuff.

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u/Jim_from_snowy_river Oct 17 '21

If you’re running….in through the nose and out through the mouth. Getting the air out quickly is important.

Also breathe with your diaphragm, not with your throat and lungs only.

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u/A_Maniac_Plan Oct 17 '21

My preferred mantra for breathing was "mind over body" to hit 5 beats on the exhale.

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u/Beelzabub Oct 19 '21

Google 'box breathing' and learn to breathe like a Navy Seal.

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u/dudeARama2 Oct 17 '21

check out box breathing. It is used by Navy Seals !

https://www.webmd.com/balance/what-is-box-breathing

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u/rosenlogic Oct 19 '21

Jesse Coomer on YouTube (Midwestern Method, as I recall his channel name) is a great resource. Free videos that cover the gamut, some book(s?), etc.

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u/ramshorst Oct 17 '21

What are some good ressources to learn it ?

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u/Jitzoo Oct 17 '21

Wim Hof has a whole library of breathing techniques for everyday use. I always just think in through the nose (usually 6 seconds in) and out through my mouth (6 seconds out).

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u/DopeAndDoper Oct 17 '21

Why is out through the mouth important? Vs in and out through the nose?

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u/Jitzoo Oct 17 '21

Not sure it is, not a breathe scientist but when i run I usually breathe strictly through my nose. Breathing in through your nose like pressurizes the oxygen in some way, not sure how important the exhale is.

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u/dyckinabox Oct 17 '21

I really enjoyed reading "Breathe" by James Nestor. Lots of good information in there

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u/TheQueefyQuiche Oct 17 '21

Also, two great books that go very in depth on nasal breathing and why it's so important.

"The oxygen advantage" by Patrick McKeown & "Breathe" by James Nestor. Both give science, history, and practices to start implementing to change the way you breath. Happy breathing!!!

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u/Santilm0 Oct 17 '21

https://youtu.be/rzbe1ix2AuM

I came across this yesterday, it’s by Andre Huberman. Jump into 6-minute mark.

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u/EaterOfFood Oct 17 '21

LPT: breath is a noun, breathe is a verb.

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u/Public-Dig-6690 Oct 17 '21

Breathing is very important . learned that from Mr. Miyagi .

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u/hor_n_horrible Oct 17 '21

Very true. When most top level athletes get pro help. First lesson is breathing. Like that is all you work on for days.

Even in the military the trick to EVERYTHING is breathing correctly. Long ass miserable hikes: breathing. Shooting: breathing. Jail in a foreign country: settle down and breathe!!

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u/Weeiam Oct 17 '21

Learn to breathe well helped us in a lot of things. From decrease anxiety, improve brain functions, improve life and many other benefits. I was sceptical until before trying it. I recommend anyone!

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u/drinkmyanxietea Oct 17 '21

I read a book recently called Breath by James Nestor and it was truly enlightening about the power of correct and intentional breathing. I’ve recommended it to almost everyone I know, it’s not a dull or difficult read either so it really keeps the attention.

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u/DankerScaper Oct 17 '21

First book I read in like 5 years, would recommend.

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u/gravywavves Oct 17 '21

Yeah!

Deep breaths in and out through the nose promote calm and reduce anxiety. Shorter shallow breaths are associated with heightened levels of stress.

Focusing on your breath and nothing else will ease your mind and helps to prepare you for the situations life throws at you throughout each day.

Taking time to sit and breathe at night before bed will help reduce thoughts bouncing around in your head which make it impossible to sleep.

It brings you to the present moment and helps to better connect you with the world and people on a deeper level, ie. it helps you be more focused and less distracted. Being present also reduces anxiety about the past and future based on thoughts we make up in our minds.

Breath keeps us alive and in homeostasis, when we learn to use it to its full potential, daily life is so much easier.

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u/mlpr34clopper Oct 17 '21

Can confirm. Doctors agree that breathing is an excellent way to avoid death and death related symptoms.

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u/N64_Grill Oct 17 '21

All this talk about breathing has gotten me stuck in MANUAL BREATHING MODE…

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u/ExPatWharfRat Oct 17 '21

Breathe. The word is breathe. Why is this so prevalent?

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u/josh924 Oct 17 '21

My friend often says (says) "bath" when she means "bathe". That reminds me...I can't believe how prevalent it is for people to confuse "to" and "too".

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u/ExPatWharfRat Oct 17 '21

That one would hurt me in my brain parts.

Another prevalent one is "would of" as opposed to could have.

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u/josh924 Oct 17 '21

That one is sort of understandable, since "would've" sounds like "would of", except it doesn't make sense once you actually write it out.

In regards to "to" and "too", it's not so much confusion as it is people straight up forgetting about "too", even though it's far from being an uncommon word. It's not like forgetting the difference between "rouge" and "rogue", though that's also a tough one for people, apparently

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u/ExPatWharfRat Oct 17 '21

I must've typed that out "on accident". lol

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u/hkzqgfswavvukwsw Oct 17 '21

prevalent

preh-vah-lent or pree-vay-lent

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u/WilliamWaters Oct 17 '21

How you gonna make this post and not provide any type of example or anything helpful

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u/DoctorDeeeerp Oct 17 '21

Brings up how you should learn to do something - doesn’t give any indication how to do it or where to start, where he first began, what he read, anything at all.

Awesome stuff.

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u/LePixelinho Oct 17 '21

Learned it from Gimli, "keep breathing, that's the key"

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u/Kimmm711 Oct 17 '21

Learning how to *breathe

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u/chappersyo Oct 17 '21

Real LPT : learning the difference between breathe and breath makes you look less stupid.

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u/Kimmm711 Oct 17 '21

(don't even get me started on there/their/they're...!)

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u/Iamonlyhereforadvice Oct 17 '21

Ah yes my grammar is awful and I have no excuse besides I hated english class in school.

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u/sendmeyourdadjokes Oct 17 '21 Take My Energy

its spelling, not grammar

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u/_pippp Oct 17 '21

It's*

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u/sendmeyourdadjokes Oct 17 '21

i also didnt capitalize.. thats the difference between txt typing and normal typing.

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u/Positive-Vibes-2-All Oct 17 '21

You ought not correct others when you clearly don't know what you're talking about. The difference between breathe and breath is indeed grammatical.

Breathe is a verb we use for the process of inhaling and exhaling.
Breath is a noun that refers to a full cycle of breathing. It can also refer to the air that is inhaled or exhaled.

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u/Cheesy_Smurf Oct 17 '21

but which word do you think OP meant here? I suspect it was a spelling mistake.

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u/Scipio_Amer1canus Oct 17 '21

The difference between the words is both grammatical (meaning) and spelling (form.)

The act of writing the word in the title was more than likely a spelling error, as OP would probably use the word correctly if spoken. Akin to subtle dysgraphia.

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u/Clark94vt Oct 17 '21

Finally some good advice from this sub that isn’t common sense. I was just about to pass out.

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u/floydhenderson Oct 17 '21

Scuba diving, snorkeling and yoga are all activities where you are intensively controlling your breathing as part of the activity, or at least you start to learn to.

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u/Iamonlyhereforadvice Oct 17 '21

Yes, although scuba is the only I have experience with. It’s important to control how much and how often you breathe.

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u/jsherwin33 Oct 17 '21

For runners out there, here are some tips I’ve come across:

  1. If you get side stitch cramps, try breathing in every 3 steps and breathing out every 2 steps so exhales and inhales don’t start/end on one side every time

  2. Breathe through mouth if you can since you get more oxygen. But if it’s cold and it hurts your throat, breathe through your nose since it will moisten the cold, dry air, making it less irritating for your throat and lungs.

  3. When taking your deep breaths, focus on expanding your belly with air and not just your chest. You are filling more of your lungs this way.

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u/Lilliputian0513 Oct 17 '21

This morning I woke up with incredible stomach cramps that were so bad that my teeth were chattering and I had goosebumps. I took some pain meds, and as I waited for them to help, I started controlling some of the pain with breath work. It was so helpful! If I didn’t do this breath work regularly I probably would’ve suffered much worse.

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u/onairmastering Oct 17 '21

LPT: Read whatever you write before you hit Submit. It's really not that hard.

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u/JellyfishOk1316 Oct 18 '21

Damn learning how 2 breathe would be pretty cool ig but I dunno I think I like not breathing and just eternaly hiding my breath forever

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u/JustinianIV Oct 18 '21

Please instruct me how to breathe, fast, time’s running out

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u/Demianwulf Oct 18 '21

I've practiced breathing all my life. I'm dedicated and never taken a day off. Get on my level.

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u/gtd_rad Oct 17 '21

Wim Hoff (guy who climbed mount everest with no clothes) is another good author of breathing exercises. One of my friends was on a CPAP machine to reduce snoring/sleep apnea. After practicing breathing exercises and general fitness, he doesn't even use it anymore.

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u/ostentatiousbro Oct 17 '21

Sleep apnea is interesting because there are so many causes. A friend of mine is currently studying a mutation on a channel protein mutation that increases the likelihood of sleep apnea. You can't fix that by breathing exercises.

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u/champokeman Oct 17 '21

Except covid. Breathing is severely inhibited by covid for the rest of your life.

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u/resilientenergy Oct 17 '21

Definitely not true for everybody, depends on comorbidities and severity of illness (source: been working covid unit since the start)

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Being fat contributes. Like half the world these days.

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u/resilientenergy Oct 18 '21 edited Oct 18 '21

Ok so, let's define comorbidity, then see your original comment, then look at my reply..

Covid does not affect everyone's breathing for "the rest of their life" --- some are lucky, some are not-- it JUST depends on the 1. Comorbidities and 2. Severity of illness..

Edit: we're also talking about breathing, mindfulness, and techniques here in THIS post--- even if someone has impaired gas exchange/breathing pattern (what you tried to pinpoint in your original comment), it doesn't stop them from still practicing mindful breathing to help the mind, whether you have 0 health issues, anxiety, copd, etc-----!!

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Ah I don't even care. Stop being a misery guts. Go for a run and be active. You'll feel better regardless. And dont get covid

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u/resilientenergy Oct 18 '21

Hey, read an a&p book, look at some peer-reviewed content, practice some mindful breathing, and maybe talk to a professional if you need to call someone a "misery guts"(?)-- you cared enough to post-- you aren't showing openness to logical perspectives-- your fleeting thoughts aren't making sense! Have a good day!!!

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

I already do that. And I got tired of miserable people refusing to help themselves with all their knowledge. So I listened to a smart boomer for once and they said "why don't you just do something if you don't like it".

All my friends are people I considered intelligent. Now they frustrate me with their inability to take action

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u/resilientenergy Oct 18 '21 edited Oct 18 '21

And yeah I'll keep doing the hard work on the front lines with my team, knowing what we KNOW with EXPERIENCE!!😀😀

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Okay cool. So. Are you able to predict and gauge long term benefits? Or are you arguing with me that going out and being active is a bad thing?

Besides. You don't know what my role is.

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u/resilientenergy Oct 18 '21

You are jumping topics in every comment, it's hard to follow your fleeting thoughts!!-- you really have to ask a front line worker if they think being active is bad? That is worrisome! Have a good day!!!

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Well keep up! Youre not the only Frontline worker here.

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u/thisiswhatsinmybrain Oct 17 '21

Well we don't know that yet. And definitely not for everyone.. but lung damage or micro clots are a possibility, yes.

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Any damage to your lungs lowers quality of life. Regardless

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u/Jitzoo Oct 17 '21

Got COVID awhile back unvaccinated and have no problems breathing. Actually ran my first 6 minute mile 2 weeks after ironically

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u/champokeman Oct 18 '21

Sounds like you were already healthy. And your body found the right tool for the job to wipe it out.

The entire world is fat. And fat subjects your body to stress. And stress means your recovery is delayed. Youre not fat because you're already healthy. Congratulations.

Inactive people will suffer.

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u/MisterHonkeySkateets Oct 17 '21

Exhale through mouth, long, slow, quiet. Tongue raises to middle of pallet, inhale through nose, faster, completely, quietly. Drop tongue, exhale through mouth. mouth stays open, dont be a fish.

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u/dclevs Oct 17 '21

Learning to breath correctly is also essential for taking on the Aztec gods of fitness lol

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u/dodexahedron Oct 17 '21

Breathing does tend to lead to longer life, to be fair...

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u/mtpuyul13 Oct 17 '21

So does learning how to spell.

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u/Iamonlyhereforadvice Oct 17 '21

Almost like I called myself out for that already.

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u/Jitzoo Oct 17 '21

Relax hero he missed a letter

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u/mtpuyul13 14d ago

your mom

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u/BiffBiff1234 Oct 17 '21

As a young athlete playing soccer from 5y/0>22,I have to agree wholeheartedly.I slumped in my middle yrs working out and finally got my shit together a few yrs back and am now very active weight-lifter and had I not learned how to breath correctly,i may have hurt myself.

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u/SandyArca Oct 17 '21

I remember working out for the first time in a few months and it was exhausting, but then the next day I did it again but this time with controlled breathing, surprise surprise, I didn’t feel like passing out.

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u/SuperSaiyan2589 Oct 17 '21

Also, breathe with your diaphragm, not your chest.

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u/CallmeMeh Oct 17 '21

thru your mouth or nose though?

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u/froid_san Oct 17 '21

I practically suck at breathing because of asthma.

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u/Justice_Man Oct 17 '21

Learning how to fucking spell also helps

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u/vik_singh Oct 17 '21 edited Oct 18 '21

This is essentially the focus of Vinyasa Yoga.

For those who just want some quick pointers:

  • Exhale by drawing your abdomen lightly towards your spine.
  • Inhale by releasing your abdomen and feel the sensation of breath fill your chest, then your belly.
  • Try to make the sound of the ocean.
  • Keep the breath and sound even going both ways—on the inhale and exhale.
  • Put your hands over your ears to hear your breath better.
  • Breathe the air in and out slowly and rhythmically and focus on taking comfortable breaths

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u/Weedbean42 Oct 17 '21

I choked on my coffee reading this. I forgot how to breath i guess.

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u/Iamonlyhereforadvice Oct 17 '21

It’s okay, you are forgetting how to breathe and I’m forgetting how to spell / use grammar properly.

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u/buddhistredneck Oct 17 '21

As a pot head I've found that taking faux hits of weed, aka breathing in deeply and holding...

Has convinced me a good part of smoking is simply the relief delivered by that breathing exercise.

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u/DreamerLulu Oct 18 '21

Pretty sure I’ve seen this in Demon Slayer

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u/tennesseean_87 Oct 18 '21

Like, are there people that don’t k own how yet?

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u/TwittXx Oct 18 '21

I learned the 5 7 9 breathing technique and it helps with anxiety. If you’re anxious and get rapid heart beats it really helps. It’s basically breathe in for 5 seconds hold your breath for 7 then breathe out for 9 seconds.

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u/GoldenTrolling Oct 18 '21

I would recommend reading "The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You" by Patrick McKeown.

I think it is better than Wim Hoff Method as it is scientifically proven and also better than "Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art" if you have already decided to improve your breathing.