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Breathing and Running

When it comes to breathing while running, you need to focus on the rhythm. Coach Jenny over at Runner's World says you can even think of it as a dance between the two elements if you'd like.

You should match your breathing to your steps. For an easy-paced run, inhale for three or four steps then exhale for the same amount. Count the steps in your head while you adjust to breathing on tempo. If you are running more intensely, your breathing tempo will increase to support your increased energy output. So the rhythm is more like a breath in for one to two steps and out for one to two steps. If you can't match your steps to breathing tempo then you are trying to run too fast, slow down, and get back into your rhythm.


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ElissaM ElissaM 9 years
Good advice
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll have to try this...
sophia_HL sophia_HL 9 years
This is great advice. In high school, I was not very athletic but now that I know how to exercise properly- breathing, posture, etc. I really love to work out!!
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
My nose gets all runny so its hard to breathe through my nose! But I found that the abovementioned technique really does work. I used to play soccer throughout middle and high school and always ended up winded and tired...then we had to take PE in college (yes, the private university I went to in SoCal made PE MANDATORY) I finally learned how to breathe properly and can run for miles on end without feeling tired!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Yah, I just breathe how I want to because if I concentrate on the rhythm, I get tired quicker.
ovenmitt ovenmitt 9 years
thank you thank you! i was struggling with this very dilemma on the treadmill this morning.
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
I thought you breathed more efficiently in through your nose and out through your mouth. Not that I can do this for long... my nose gets so stuffed up when I run that I can only breathe through it for about 1 mile and a half.
michlny michlny 9 years
one of the best things to do is to breath only through your nose while running. it is quite challenging to get used to - but once you do, you'll feel a state of calm while you run and you'll be able to run further!
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
I don't know I just don't think about it because I guess I am so trained from High School track that now when I run it's just time I run perhaps I will see how a breathe. But it is usually pretty even.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I think about how I am breathing when i get bored or start to get tired.
syako syako 9 years
No it's good to think about it. It really helps you know how intense your working out and whether or not you'll be able to sustain. I do this quite often while running, I count to make sure I'm at three steps per inhale and three per exhale to make sure I'm at a pace that I can sustain for four miles (or whatever distance I'm going that day).
VicVicVictooriaa VicVicVictooriaa 9 years
too much to think about..i'll just breathe how my body wants me to.
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