Learning to Breathe

My current progress hasn’t been as fast as I would have liked as I’ve been on holiday with my family. Of course, camping with my family was amazing as we got to have plenty of focused time spent together, but it didn’t allow me to proceed towards my goals.

So far though, I have started work on two of them. With regards to bodybuilding, I have completed cleaned out my garage and cleaned up my squatting rack, which is ready for me to begin training with today. I am going to be training following the Stronglifts 5x5 protocol, which is a strength training program, but as far as I’m concerned strength and hypertrophy go hand in hand.

I’ve also started reading through ‘The Oxygen Advantage’, and have learned the first technique which is the main reason for this article; I’m going to share it here.


Nose Unblocking

The first technique in the book is a technique for unblocking the nose naturally and without decongestant nasal sprays. This isn’t a permanent fix for your nose, and definitely doesn’t last as long as a nasal spray (maybe 5 minutes), but is the first step to training nasal breathing. Also, if you find yourself in a bit of a fix with no nasal spray on a Sunday evening when everywhere is shut, it could help you out… that’s happened to me enough times.

  1. Take a small breath in through the nose (if you can), followed by slowly and silently breathing out through the nose.
  2. Pinch your nose with your fingers to commence the breath holding.

3. Walk as many paces as you can with your breath held.

4. When resuming breathing, breathe only through your nose and calm that breath as fast as possible.

5. Wait for a couple of minutes before repeating the process. Repeat the process for a total of 6 times.

At first, you will notice your nose unblocking, but you will also notice it reverting back to its previous blocked state almost immediately. The author, Patrick McKeown, states that the more paces you succeed in completing comfortably, the longer the effects will last. The ultimate goal should be about 80 comfortable steps, and you can expect to increase your paces by around 10 per week. An increase of 10 paces per week highlights how realistic 80 paces really is!


There you go then, the first real beneficial update to this blog. I might make these technique type articles into YouTube videos to increase the viewership as I’m not a massive fan of SEO. Maybe I can add learning SEO to the following 6 months, but previously when I’ve tried to include it, my sentences appear far more jumping and less coherent!

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