We thought we’d write a very quick blog on why it’s important to breathe deeply from your diaphragm, after all that’s why POWERbreathe was developed - to answer a need for training the breathing muscles (primarily the diaphragm) so that we all start to breathe again as nature intended, from the diaphragm and not from the chest. Your diaphragm is the large muscle that’s located below your lungs. When you take a deep breath in your lungs expand with air and press down on your diaphragm, which in turn causes your abdomen to expand. This deep diaphragmatic breathing is something we all did when we were babies, but with our busy and often stressful lifestyles we become shallow chest breathers and lose the benefits that deep breathing brings. Remember how at a particular stressful moment we’re often told to “take a deep breath,” well this is because it helps to calm you down. Research has also shown that deep breathing exercises will help people with breathing problems, as it makes their breathing muscles stronger. Deep breathing exercise with POWERbreathe is also helpful to athletes because inspiratory muscle training exercises these breathing muscles to become stronger and more resistant to fatigue, while also helping them to take in as much oxygen as possible for improved stamina and ultimately performance. Try this quick test: 1. Place your right hand on your abdomen and your left hand on your chest. As you breathe, see which hand rises more. If your left hand rises more, you are a chest breather. If your right hand rises more, you are an abdomen breather, pulling air into the base of your lungs. If you’re a chest breather, don’t worry because you can develop your breathing muscles for a better breathing technique with POWERbreathe Inspiratory Muscle Training. If you’re a belly breather, then the next stage is to make your breathing more efficient with POWERbreathe. POWERbreathe trains your diaphragm and intercostals (the muscles between your ribs which contract during inspiration) to breathe in a strong, smooth and continuous motion, improving the mechanical efficiency of your ‘bellows’ and making them stronger and more resistant to fatigue. Training your breathing muscles with POWERbreathe is probably one of the most effective things that you can do for both short and long-term physical health, and now you can see why we say POWERbreathe is for ‘anyone who breaths’. If you’d like to know more about POWERbreathe, visit How POWERbreathe Works. If you’re already using POWERbreathe then please leave a comment here as we’d love to hear from you. Alternatively please leave a comment on the POWERbreathe Forum, Facebook page or Twitter.