Your nose performs at least 30 functions, all of which are important supplements to the roles played by the lungs, heart, and other organs.(4) Research has shown that over 50% of children are mouth breathers (1)(2) The reason for breathing is to rid the body of excess Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that is released into the lungs from the bloodstream rather than to increase Oxygen(O2) in the bloodstream. Normal blood oxygen sa
Do you know how you breathe? We take one of the most important aspects of life so for granted that we pay no attention to it unless it is suddenly taken away from us. Exercise-induced asthma, lack of sleep, anxiety and incorrect breathing deprive every active person, athlete, recreational or elite, of an enjoyable and the best performance possible. Dysfunctional breathing is as simple as unconscious over breathing. S
Everyone knows CrossFit is about constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity. It’s no wonder then that the Oxygen Advantage programme had such a pointed place at CrossFit Hout Bay. On the 8th Feb, 2017, Jenny O’Hanlon came to watch and observe a typical CrossFit class and environment. The 6pm class were doing box jumps, wall balls and sumo deadlift high pulls in rounds at hig
Watch the SaO² (Oxygen Saturation) of your blood change with breath holding exercises to simulate High Altitude training. In the sports world it is now believed that the best way to train is to live high and train low. This is of course not terribly practical unless we worked and lived on a high mountain next to the sea or low altitude terrain and that we could move easily between the two so that we were able to do t
It is that time of year again when South African schools select sports teams and start preparing for inter-house athletics days. So many young children are put under pressure by schools and parents to partake in their schools sports days or try out for teams. What should be a fun introduction to the year, becomes a time of anxiety or disappointment because they are unable to join in due to breathlessness in exercise.
The Oxygen Advantage Program of proprietary breathing as well as breath hold exercises teaches you to nasal breathe into your belly. Breath hold exercises strengthen the respiratory muscles and increase the tolerance of CO2. Breathing pattern disorders occur in healthy athletic individuals as well as persons with chronic diseases resulting from breathing dysfunction. Research-1 also shows a distinct relationship betw