It goes with out saying that if youHand board,hand plane,Bodysurf, surf or partake in any form ofwater sportyou are going to find yourself under the water at some point. The size of the wave or roughness of the river will determine the amount of time you are going to spend under. Knowing certainbreathing practices and techniqueskeeping on top of a routine andtraining to hold your breathcan significantly lower the risk in your adventures, and in most cases significantly improve your performance.Training to hold your breathshould be an essential part of any water mans routine, and especially us Body surfers! As they say.
I am a singer and a swimmer, both of which have made me a conscious natural breather. Most of you may protest: “I know how to breathe! Duh!” My response is: “No, you don’t.” The majority of people do not take theirbreathinghabits into consideration on a daily basis. At night though, your body subconsciously takes over as you dream.Unaware, you revert to anatural, healthy breathing pattern. The breathing pattern is there. It’s an innate human function. Now we just need to teach you the difference and fix the bad habit…easy right?
A Common misconception and bad mistake is to Stand up tall, Shoulders back tummy sucked in- tall and thin. This causes Short Shallow breathing
Shallow chest breathing delivers less air per breath into the lungs, in turn constricting our blood vessels. The imbalance, in turn, delivers less oxygen to the brain, heart and the rest of the body.
Shallow breathing prevents the body from getting enough oxygen. Many people fail to breathe in deeply when they feel tense, which is one reason they may feel zapped at the end of a stress-filled day.
The general principles of correct breathing are to make it:
Breathing with these simple principles in mind helps you force more oxygen into your cells, which slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and improves circulation, ultimately providing more energy. This is the ultimate goal to improving your ability to do activities like bodysurfing, surfing and snowboarding for longer and more effectively.
The most important muscle in ourbreathing function is the diaphragm. The diaphragm is in an arc that lies at the bottom of the lungs. Take your hands off the keyboard and feel the crevice in the center of your core, just under your rib cage- see where the ribs and lungs meet forming a "^" Just below that is your diaphragm. In order for your diaphragm to work properly, we must deny social beauty and allow our tummies to stick out- just a bit.
There you go! You’re putting your diaphragm and diaphragmatic breathing to work!
What does this have to do with singing and swimming? Everything. Singing, in its most basic form, is breathing on pitch. Controlling my breath and understanding my breath allows me to hit those notes and shatter windows. On the other hand, as an athlete, the common misuse of breathing causes you to become fatigued easily, affecting your rhythm, timing and speed. Adapting and practicing the art of natural deep breathing with your diaphragm and practicing diaphragmatic breathing has an immediate dramatic effect on your performance.
A questionable practice of professional swimmers is using an inhaler just before a race. It helps them to shave just enough time off. The inhaler does the same thing your diaphragm does, except you’re doing it naturally and without medicine. Not only have we improved our speed and performance, but proper deep breathing also allows for relaxation and calmness.Yoga is centered on thes breathing exercises. Without proper diaphragmatic breathing, you cannot reach the desired state of deep meditation.
"For water sports, breathing properly is essential to a better workout and allows you to remain in control while submerged."Through practice, your new found awareness of your breath will allow you to practice your sports at a higher performance level. With correct breathing practices, not only can the above sports be more fun and competitive, but you will have more energy in your every day life, as well as a lot more get up and go!