Why Is Breathing Important When Stretching?
Updated: Jun 3
You always hear your stretching instructor remind you to breathe, and breathe deeply. Have you wondered why that is?
The main reason is that exhalation slows down the heart rate and forces a decrease in blood pressure and muscle tension.
Slow, deep breathing with the exhalation longer than the inhalation results in your body thinking it is in a state of lesser stress and greater relaxation.
The more relaxed your body is, the easier it will be to stretch the muscles!
How do you know when to inhale and when to exhale?
Normally, we exhale when we are trying to bring the upper torso towards lower limbs. Exhaling removes air from our lungs and allows us to use gravity to help us with the task.
Inhaling will bring air back into our lungs and allow us to get back to an upright position!
Keep stretching, keep breathing, FLEXSPACE friends!