I tend to tense up when I exercise, a new arena for me, and either don't breathe properly or just don't breathe. To be sure that I do at least the latter, I either count reps or narrate my movements aloud. If you're talking, you're breathing. They go together like a horse and carriage.
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When you're going through your day, remember to BREATHE...when you're eating, exercising, worrying about whatever is going on in your life, about family members, work...take a moment to be still & BREATHE, consciously. It helps everything else.
Seriously. During intense and enduring workouts it's not always easy remembering to breathe, so I plan breathing intervals (for like 10 minutes) between each segment of my workout. Breathe in deep through the nose, hold the breath, try to inhale again through the nose (if you can't it's ok), and then exhale deeply through the mouth. This helps you to remember to breathe, (no kidding) this helps you control breathing, and it improves your breath quality. 198
(You may find that after adding a few intervals you can breathe better, I did).
I have no idea if this works for everyone, I am breathing easier now during my workouts so...
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