Diaphragmatic Breathing is the Most Important Part of an Exercise

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Most people today believe that in order for a workout to be any good, it has to be “intense” or “killer.” But what if all this intensity isn’t necessarily the best thing for us? What if it’s actually getting in your way, robbing you of the results you’re so desperately looking for?

Diaphragmatic breathing—slow, deep breaths that fill your belly—isn’t sexy. It's a necessity for health and performance.

Why? Ge-off Rupert, a certified R KC, and Strong First master kettle-bell instructor talks to Men’s Health about the importance of breathing through a story of one of his clients.

One of his clients, whom he prefers to call Mike, went through a “hell on earth” year. His wife was alcoholic and anemic and was days away from death. His business partner had emptied his bank account, leaving him holding all of the business liabilities. Mike didn’t crumble, but saying he was stressed out would be an understatement.

Mike also trained with Ge-off three times a week and because his body was already stressed out to the max, they didn’t do any “killer” workouts. Instead, they did an easy strength workout, and most of the times they did the “magic exercise.” What did they do? They just lay on the floor and breathe. That’s it

Health Benefits of Breathing

Breathing is the very first thing you do when you’re born and it’s the last thing you do before you die. It must be important. Really important!

It balances out your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, allowing your body to function more optimally. It helps reduce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which are more often than not elevated due to stress-filled work environments and a lack of sleep. It's also been reported that diaphragmatic breathing.


  Helps lower blood pressure, and therefore the risk of heart disease.

•  Helps lower blood sugar, and therefore the risk of diabetes.

  Releases serotonin, which not only makes you feel good but can reduce cravings for processed carbohydrate and other junk food.    

•  Eliminates free radicals from the body, improving cellular function and lifespan.

  Increases the secretion of growth hormone and slows the aging process.

•  Improves mental focus and clarity by increasing blood flow to the pre-frontal cortex of your brain Improves sleep quality.

  Facilitates weight loss by balancing stress hormones with anabolism hormones.