The way you breathe throughout the day and while exercising can calm your body and mind and help them both perform better. Yet proper breathing is one of the most overlooked methods of improving health.

Now there’s even more evidence that breathing right is important: In research at Northwestern University, subjects who inhaled through their noses were able to recognize fearful faces faster and remember images better than when they were exhaling or inhaling through their mouths.

Researchers believe rapid (“panicky”) nasal inhalation synchronizes brain areas to make us more aware of our surroundings.

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