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Posted by: MAC | 2007/08/25

Breathin

What is the correct way to breath while Running?

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Hi MAC

Common question actually. And it's funny, because I guarantee you that in a few months, once you are much fitter, you'll wonder what the fuss was about and probably won't even think about it!

But the only correct thing is you must breathe deeply. Try to visualize breathing air in through the nose and mouth (sometimes just the nose is enough, depends on how fast you're running) and pulling that air all the way down into your lungs, right down to the belly button. If you do that, then you're breathing well. Key is not to gasp or pant with shallow breaths, but to breathe deeply.

As for the rhythm, it helps to use your steps to breathe. So you might try 3 steps in, 2 steps out, or 2 in, 2 out. You'll have to see what works for you - often, starting out, or running really fast, it's easier to go 2 in, 2 out, or even 2 in, 1 out. But when you're fitter or going slower, then 3 in 3 out, or 3 in, 2 out works.

Hope that helps!
Ross

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