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Excerpts — Breathing for Peak Performance

How your upper body is designed for breathing

The first water-living animals breathed through their skin. This method worked fine if they were small enough and plenty of flowing water was available.

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Strengthening and Stretching Routine for the Diaphragm

The diaphragm needs its own designated stretching and strengthening routine, just like any other muscle. The diaphragm moves downward when you inhale, expanding the lungs and creating a vacuum.

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Visualize lung movement to improve your breathing

Visualizing how and where the lungs move when you inhale helps improve your breathing. The lungs expand outward during inhalation, but they also slide into available space between folded layers of parietal pleura.

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