In exercise you need a good gasp of the basics. How like life!

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In exercise you need a good gasp of the basics. How like life!

Lest you forget the most fundamental mammalian activity and invite injury, here are a few breathing tricks

Devlin Brown

If you consider being alive important, then breathing is about the most important thing you can do.

Holding your breath during moments of exertion is not uncommon, but it is not good either. Depending on how hard you are pushing, your blood pressure could skyrocket, you could become dizzy, nauseous or even faint. This is not a medical column, but the strain on your heart is not worth the risk.

After British strongman Eddie Hall lifted 500kg, while holding his breath, to set a new world dead lift record, he collapsed. A while later he said in a YouTube video: “People were wiping blood out of my ears, I had blood in my tear ducts and I had blood coming out of my nose. It was evident that I did something serious, like blowing something up in my head.”..

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