I can’t seem to find one clear-cut answer for breathing techniques to use during a run. I have always been told to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. However, whenever I run, I can’t seem to control my breathing like that. I find myself breathing mostly through my mouth and then other times, I’m at a good pace and breath in and out only through my nose.
What I have been finding in my research is that most people will breath with counts. For instance, breath for 2 counts through your nose and out for 2 counts with your mouth. Some people vary the counts too – maybe 3 through the nose and 4 through the mouth. Of course, it all depends upon your pace but the key is to get a rhythm and to focus on your breathing techniques.
Breathing techniques are helpful for any exercise activity. Sometimes when I do have a good running pace and I’m actually breathing well, I find that I achieve the “runner’s high” much easier which is a good thing because by the time I’m past mile 2 on the treadmill, I need the lift!
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