It’s the missing pillar in health.
We’ve been talking about this for years and we’ve included breathing among our fundamentals since I first read Patrick McKeown’s (see and Notes on , , , , and ) but I just LOVE the way James captures the importance of breathing in this book.
The first words on the inside flap of the book deliver the point with a sledgehammer: “No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or strong you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.”
James Nestor has written for Outside, Scientific American, The Atlantic and The New York Times. He’s a fantastic writer and brilliantly imparts the wisdom we need to a) take our breathing seriously and b) Optimize it. I highly recommend the book. It now rivals The Oxygen Advantage as my go-to recommendation on the subject. (Get a copy .)
As always, the book is packed with Big Ideas and, as always, I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!