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Slow steady extended exercise is actually a type of breathing therapy

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I have always been a terrible breather. I am a breath holder. I blame growing up in Hawaii and spending all my extra time freediving. That said, I have been thinking about oxygenation since the age of Coronavirus and since I started using a home ventilator, called a CPAP, and I think slow, steady, aerobic, exercise is another form of therapeutic breathing.

Slow steady extended exercise is actually a type of breathing therapy

Row Daily, Breathe Deeper, Live Better: A Guide to Moderate Exercise by D.P. Ordway

We sedentary humans tends to breathe shallowly.

When I go hiking or for a brisk walk or even a bike ride, I breathe much more deeply and much more regularly—even if I am neither sweating nor panting.

Most of the time one sculls on the river, one only gently rows or rows spiritedly, and one also enjoys much fuller, deeper, breath. The cardiovascular and musculoskeletal are not the only beneficiaries of slow running, slow rowing, brisk walking, or recreational cycling.

The respiratory system and blood oxygenation benefits as well. Sadly, too many people look at exercise machines like the Concept2 Indoor Rower as torture devices. All my friends from college crew feel that way as do all my friends who are in the CrossFit cult.

I, on the other hand, see the benefits of slow rowing on the erg just because 80% of all my life's rowing have been busily collecting as many meters as possible for all the virtual team and individual challenges that Concept2 put on and host every year. 

Spending between 20-90-minutes every day rowing easily has always given me amazing benefits in terms of range of motion, better mobility, stronger knees, better circulation, and much nicer legs.

But, luckily, I am not the only person to think so. Dustin Ordway feels the same way and wrote a book about it, Row Daily, Breathe Deeper, Live Better. Sadly, the book is only available in hard and soft cover.

I bought the ebook when it was available, but no longer. Maybe there's somewhere else you can find it online, but I highly recommend it. Check it out on Goodreads

Since Mr. Ordway no longer offers this book on Amazon Kindle, I will spoil the entire book and give you all the advice, boiled down to a nice wine reduction of wisdom: “Row moderately for 45-minutes to an hour every day of your life, without fail.” And I am doing it, but now I know better.

Exercising is not only a way to move blood through your arteries and veins and to make your heart stronger and more efficient, exercising also makes you respirate with a regular, steady, deeper if not deep, breath. And not only this, for me, is enough.

When I get back into slow jogging, that'll make me breathe deeply, and when I get back onto my treadmill desk and onto my Keiser M3 bike and into the world of Zwift, it'll also force me to break in and out, in support of even my moderate effort.

And, when I return to my endless kettlebell swing, and any other weightlifting, getting your in and out breaths are very important, which is another for of breathing therapy, of breath meditation. It's all extremely good stuff and I encourage you to do it, too.

This week, I shall be getting back onto my beloved Surly Steamroller and that will help my everything, including my breath. That, and the walk I am going to do after I press publish on this article to my blog.

I let my car and my motorcycle go for that very same reason: I don't need to pedal or walk or move or breathe when I am moving about on or in anything that has a 100-226 horsepower engine.

I have a one Chris engine and I want it to be the strongest, most durable, most efficient engine it can possible be, and slow and steady exercise of at least 45-90 minutes every day, including of everything, is my pathway to that goal—and for the rest of my life. 

Sep 30, 2020 12:50 PM | Comments (0)
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