Breathing is a basic human function, but most of the time you don’t even realize you’re doing it. You may be surprised to learn that there are better ways to breathe than others. Short, shallow breaths, for example, may not give you the same benefits as deep breathing through your nose.

This article goes into the many ways you can improve your breathing, including monitoring your breathing throughout your day, practicing meditative breathing to relieve stress, and paying attention to your breaths as you exercise.