Diaphragmatic Breathing Reduces Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress
Diaphragmatic breathing is commonly use breath technique to reduce stress and relax the mind in yoga and meditation practices. Diaphragmatic breath practice is simply breathing deeply into the lungs by flexing the diaphragm back and forth. A recent study in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, examined the use of diaphragmatic breath with endurance athletes during a 24 hour bike race. This was the first known study to analyze oxidative stress levels in athletes and the effects of diaphragmatic breathing. Researchers explored the effects of diaphragmatic breathing on exercise-induced oxidative stress measuring cortisol and melatonin levels.