Start Running – Breathing Tips

www.StartRunning.com Running for Beginners Looking to Increase Lung Capacity and Run Faster? Breathing oxygen is an extremely important component of staying alive, right? Well, the same goes for running. If you’re not breathing properly, you’re running is going to suffer. There are tons of theories circulating around the jog-o-sphere about breathing. Should I breathe through my nose? Should my breathing be rhythmic? Do I breathe deeply and deliberately or quickly and nonchalantly? Put all that out of your head for the moment. The most important thing is that you breathe comfortably. Do what feels right. Your body breathes instinctively – even while you’re sleeping, your lungs and corresponding muscles are going through the motions. Running while breathing does not have to be complicated. As long as oxygen is entering your respiratory system, you’re doing okay. How you’re running directly affects how you’re breathing. When I’m running fast, say a 7-minute mile pace, I’m breathing mostly through my mouth. Your mouth provides a much larger port of entry than your nose, and it’s the most effective way of getting oxygen into your system quickly. However, when I’m running super-long distances at a 10 to 12-minute pace, I’ll let my nose handle some of the intake. Which brings me to my next tip: breathing through your nose is a great way to give your lungs a workout and increase capacity. Try this next time you’re on a long distance run: breathe in through your nose only and
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