Dr. Buteyko showed that physical exercise and sports are crucial central factors that are necessary for good or ideal physical health. He and other doctors from the USSR, Ukraine, and Russia taught their patients that exercise should be done with 100% nose breathing (for inhalations and exhalations).
For the original Buteyko method, only CP 20 was the threshold or border to differentiate students in relation to their abilities to do exercise (to breathe only through the nose). With over 20 the current CP, students were suggested to have running or jogging or more intensive forms of exercise, but with 100% nose breathing (in and out). This criteria would not be applicable for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and emphysema whose abilities to exercise also depend on their ventilation-perfusion mismatch and lung function results.
Teaching physical exercise for the NormalBreathing course is based on the Breathing-Exercise Charts that provide additional practical ideas related to the use of physical exercise for other CP zones, as well as new ideas related to timing and distribution of physical exercise.
For example, many students asked me a question, “Why my CP drops some hours after doing intensive and prolonged (exhaustive) physical activity?” For example, a student can have 2 hours of hard exercise and later his CP remains low even 4-6 hours later. This can be a factor that reduces motivation. The answer is that such exercise improves the next morning CP.
The most important innovation and discovery relates to the Breathing-Exercise Chart that provides the link between amount of physical activity per day and the ideal expected CP for the next morning. There are actually 3 different Charts that are for 3 different age groups. The Main Chart is for middle age people, while younger people need to have more exercise, and older people can maintain health with less exercise,
Teaching physical exercise for the NormalBreathing course is based on the Breathing-Exercise Charts that provide additional practical ideas related to the use of physical exercise, new ideas related to timing and distribution of exercise, and how much exercise is required for different age groups in order to achieve certain morning CP results.
This video features Dr. Artour Rakhimov who explains these ideas and effects related to Buteyko breathing and exercise.