Breathing For Recovery
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.