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After the third session of my weekly cardio-kickboxing, I had the urge to give up as I am displeased with how my body breaks down when I am only half-way into the session. I might injure my body if I continue to persevere. Nevertheless, determined to lose weight, I turned to my instructor for help, only to understand that breathing is the cause of my body breaking down. Cardio-kickboxing is a high intensity, fast-paced full-body workout comprising of movements from aerobics and kickboxing.With continuous slow and deep breathing into the diaphragm during workout, it stimulates and trains the body to withstand any strenuous exercise, thus improving one’s stamina. It is unlike normal breathings that are shallow whereby the lungs are not filled completely with substantial oxygen for optimal health. Hence, to reap maximum effectiveness at minimal risk during every session of cardio-kickboxing, it is important that proper breathing is followed throughout the workout, from warming up to cooling down.
To have accurate breathing, posture plays a primary role.In order to deliver powerful punches and kicks, one’s back must be straight with shoulders to the back and knees apart as wide as the distance of the shoulders. This enhances breathing as the lungs would be able to hold a larger amount of oxygen thus, ensuring all parts of the body receiving the right amount of oxygen and ensures all body parts get rejuvenated.
When warming up for every cardio-kickboxing session, it is crucial that one breathes slowly and deeply during stretching to expand the lungs fully when inhaling through nasal passages and exhaling through mouth.With more oxygen in the blood, one will feel less fatigue when working out. And, an increase in heart rate indicates that the body is ready for any intense exercise. In every cardio-kickboxing movement, the mind relaxes and calms down when slow deep breaths are performed. Thus, improving focus when one jumps incessantly at a steady momentum to deliver forceful punches and kicks rhythmically.
Also, it is important to inhale deeply when taking in a punch or kick, and exhale slowly when punching or kicking to prevent internal injury.After several punches and kicks, one will be breathless due to tensed muscles producing voluminous carbon dioxide in excess of ample oxygen the body requires at that moment. The inadequate flow of blood within the body then hinders the speed and strength of punches and kicks as oxygen is insufficient since one is not breathing properly. After some time, one tends to be disorientated and is prone to fainting as the brain is not getting adequate blood since most oxygen that are broken down into energy are directed to the arms and legs where forceful punches and kicks are performed.
Therefore, it is important that one breathes deeper to recover the level of carbon dioxide lost. Lastly, breathing is as important even in the process of cooling down as it is necessary to repair and replenish the body after performing strenuous exercise. Therefore, continue to take deep breaths to relieve breathing and heart rate so as to recover body to normal state.
This will prevent dizziness and release the strains that the muscles and ligaments underwent when punching and kicking vigorously before. In conclusion, breathing affects one’s overall performance during workout.By breathing properly, which is slow and deep, it composes one’s mind allowing them to focus on performing forceful strikes obtaining utmost cardio effectiveness. At the same time, one will not tire out easily and the chances of getting injured are lowered when performing multiple forceful strikes. Having realised improper breathing affected my body’s performance, I am glad I did not give up then. Now that I understood the importance of breathing and performing it properly, I look forward to the weekly session of cardio-kickboxing, seizing every moment of it and I will lose weight in no time!