Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Running Breathing Secrets

Proper breathing is an essential part of any training program, especially when running.Here are a few tips and strategies to help get on the right path.

Beginner runner

If you are new to running, then you need to run at a pace at which you can breathe easily and effortlessly. One way to make sure of that is by passing the talk test, this means that you can run and talk at the same time without much huffing and puffing.

Breathe in through the nose

The best way to get your blood flow and muscle well oxygenated is by inhaling through the nose. Nose breathing allows more control on your breathing cadence and rhythm.

Breathe out of the mouth

Exhale fully through the mouth, this removes Carbon Dioxide from your body, releases tension and gives a
sense of relaxation and calmness throughout the workout. It allows also for deeper inhalations.

Deep breathing

Take as much deep breaths as possible. Deep breathing ensures constant oxygen delivery to the working muscles, thus enhancing your running performance.

Don't get out of breath

As we saw earlier, getting out of breath interrupts the delivery of oxygen into your working muscles, thus you have to slow down and walk to catch a breath. For that, you should make breathing a priority when running; don't get caught or it is too late.

One last word of advice is to just have fun and let nature take its course. As you practice more and more, you will find it easier to sustain your berthing rhythm, even under intense physical activity.

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