Cardio exercise, among other things, teaches us to appreciate breathing. Nothing like a good, solid, heart-pounding interval to make a person notice the lungs working like champs.
Those of us who feel stressed or anxious can use cardio to help us. When we raise our heart rate and breathe heavily during exercise on purpose, it teaches us to tolerate that feeling for those times when we are experiencing the same things due to bad circumstances like panic attacks. Our bodies learn to recover and, by tuning in, our brains can, too.
Focusing on our breathing no matter what we are doing improves our consciousness. Sometimes we breathe shallowly, sometimes deeply. We breathe quickly or slowly. We can choose the breaths that serve us best.
And, of course, we want to keep on breathing.