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Breathe Easier During Exercise

Controlling how and when you inhale and exhale can pump up your fitness and bring you bliss. Prepare to be blown away.
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The good news is you don't need to obsess about your breath when you work out. "Our bodies are phenomenal at keeping oxygen and other gases at just the level they should be," says Jerome Dempsey, PhD, the director of the pulmonary medicine lab at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. When we exercise, our brain directs us to breathe more rapidly or to start breathing through our mouths, and this happens without our having to think about it.

Still, there are ways to breathe better during your workout. Try these strategies, tailored to your routine.