A version of this article was published in Los Angeles Magazine, featuring Joey Thurman.
“Have you ever thought that if you stressed less it could not only help you feel better but look better too? I’m Joey Thurman and I have some tools for you to bring your body from a state of stress aka sympathetic dominance to the Parasympathetic state of resting, digesting, and recovering.
Breathing is thought to be autonomic or without thought. But what if we deliberately used it to not only calm ourselves down when we were stressed but also used it to recover during exercise so that we can get back after the next set with intent and more intensity.
Check out 3 of my top breathing strategies to calm down and one to rev you up! For all of these, you will be breathing in through your nose as we can get 20 percent more oxygen merely from changing the way we inhale.”