Breath­ing For Re­cov­ery

Men's Health (Singapore) - - BREAKTHROUGH -

Use this con­trolled hy­per­ven­ti­la­tion tech­nique, pop­u­lar in the 1960s, to re­cover af­ter or be­tween work­outs and to sleep bet­ter at night. Get Com­fort­able Lie on your back, one hand on your belly, one on your chest. In­hale through your mouth – fill your belly. In­hale un­til your chest is full. (Your hands are where they are to en­sure you get the se­quence right.) Blow It Out Ex­hale force­fully, like you’re blow­ing out the can­dles on a cake. Your abs should feel wrung out. Re­peat the process for 2 to 3 min­utes. It should feel like a work­out and maybe even leave you dis­ori­ented. That’s nor­mal. Re­lax Move your arms to your sides, palms up, and take di­aphrag­matic breaths through your nose. You may nod off. That’s okay – you’ve taken your body out of its “fight or flight” state, kick­start­ing re­cov­ery.

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