We’re inundated with the latest and greatest wellness tips (yes, we’ll take one Mirror and two new Bala Bands, please.) And yet, somehow, we’re still suckers for easy solves and low-level commitments. If we’re honest, we want to get healthier without, well, any marathon training. That’s what led us to the research of James Nestor, New York Times bestselling author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.
Over ten years, Nestor followed doctors and experts to understand why we breathe the way we do, its effects on our health and how to do it better. His book documents that journey. And while his findings were extensive and impressively scientific (we can’t recommend the book enough, seriously), a lot of it boils down to one easy shift: breathing slowly through our noses instead of our mouths.
Below: Why slow, nasal breathing is beneficial and how to add it to your lifestyle.