The importance of training your breathing
During exercise, our lungs demonstrate an impressive ability to adapt. When the need for oxygen increases, our lungs let us breathe in more air and therefore more oxygen. The same phenomenon takes place when we breathe out to release a greater amount of carbon dioxide into the air.
Training teaches you to breathe faster and deeper and therefore more efficiently. Breathing exercises help you understand how to breathe better while swimming. Therefore, learning to breathe properly can significantly improve performance.
In comparison, to carry out the same level of physical effort, someone well trained will benefit from an improved ability to use their breathing and the oxygen from the air; they can therefore reduce their respiratory rate and be more efficient.
Clearly, better controlled breathing is an asset during exercise, but also during the preparation phase for warming up, and during recovery and stretching following activity.