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Belly Breathing Builds a Better Body

Proper breathing is important for improving your core and stabilizing your spine. This will create the foundation you need to deal with the postures and movements of daily life, as well as during exercise and sports. If breathing and stabilization are incorrect, then your body will start to use compensatory patterns which could lead to injury and pain. One study found only 25% of the general public exhibited normal breathing mechanics (Liebenson, 2003). The study also showed a significant correlation between upper chest (improper) breathing and neck pain. Abnormal breathing patterns (upper chest breathing, aka reversed breathing) can have negative effects on spinal stability, full body motor

Cardio Can Save Your Life

The next time you see your physician for a checkup you may want to inquire about cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). According to the American Heart Association, CRF should be measured by doctors routinely because it is an independent factor that gives vital information on a patient’s health. CRF is more strongly associated with mortality than traditional risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes. CRF is a health-related component of physical fitness defined as the ability of the circulatory, respiratory, and muscular system to supply oxygen during sustained physical activity. It is expressed as maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max) or metabolic equivalents (ME