How To Breathe While Running

Struggling to breathe is one of the biggest complaints new runners make. But how can you make breathing easier?

Start breathing from your gut.  Lie down on your back, legs, and arms stretched out and relaxed. Just breathe. Be aware of how you breathe.

Is your chest rising and falling? What about your gut – your belly? As your lungs expand and fill with air how far down does the air flow?

Try placing one hand on your chest and one hand on your belly as you breathe steadily. Feel where your breath is flowing.

Practice breathing into your belly first and then filling your chest area before breathing out normally.

The next time you run, try running at an easy pace for around 5 minutes and practice this running breathing technique. Fill your lungs from your diaphragm (belly) upwards.

It can help to match your breathing to your cadence. For example, inhale for two steps and exhale for two steps. This helps you get into a regular rhythm.

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