In training for the big comeback to derby, I've been researching/trying out a lot of new (to me) fitness/training techniques pretty extensively. I always want to do things the best way possible.
There's one thing that keeps coming up, though, that's been super frustrating for a long time: that whole "breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth" thing was really starting to piss me off!
You see, friend, I've been blessed with a combination of some lovely Hungarian genetics (thank you, Grandpa) and a couple lucky punches (you know who you are, haha!) to the nose.
Basically, my nose leans very much to one side. Making breathing in through it very much not possible in cardiovascular, gasping-for-air situations.
I'm inexplicably aware of the term "deviated septum." But, unlike many of my Californian friends, I have a fear of doctors that outweighs my vanity by, like, a million percent! So a nose job is out of the question.
I was trying to regulate my breathing on the treadmill yesterday, and went for the in-nose, out-mouth thing, and finally realized: THAT IS NEVER GOING TO WORK FOR ME!!!
So... I just told my body, "it's ok, just breathe how you need to," and you know what? My whole body relaxed. Even as I increased the speed on the treadmill. Hm... I was tempted to do a bunch of research on the subject, but have decided to just call it a lesson on listening to my body and be done with it.
If there's any other left-side-leaning-nosed-mouth-breathers out there... I won't say I know what's best for your body, but I will say that this was SUCH a huge relief and revelation for me, that I just had to share it!
Which is just as weird to say as it is refreshing, since breathing is... last time I checked... supposed to be the most natural thing is the world, right?! xoxo