Our mouths are designed for eating and talking. Breathing is the primary responsibility of the nose.
The mouth is available for backup when nasal breathing is difficult (such as during high intensity exercise) or impossible (when sinuses are congested). However, we tend to unconsciously over-use the mouth – relying on it as a first – rather than second – line.
Here’s our XPT challenge: This week, let’s pay attention to our breathing modality. As much as possible, button your lips and let your nose take the lead. You’ll protect your airways with warmer and cleaner air, enhance full-body oxygenation, and even appreciate a natural calming effect.
If you have any fav nose-breathing tips or tricks for remembering to keep your trap shut, please share with us in a comment.
To read more about XPT’s breath training, go here.