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Breathing during running

When you say breathe in, L, R, L, R; breathe out, L, R, L, R we like to call this 4:4. That is 4 steps on inhale, 4 steps on exhale. This study tries to analyze some of the breathing dynamics of ...
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Are there any disadvantages, besides discomfort, to letting water enter your nose?

Growing up surfing, I'd get water in my nose constantly. When stuffed up I'd splash some up in there and snot rocket all the junk out. Even a "saline nasal spray" is just a fancy way of blowing salt ...
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Breathing during running

If humans run, their breathing is not connected to their stride. Why don't you just breath the way it is comfortable with you? Especially when you just started to run, you shouldn't worry about ...
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Why does it become hard to breathe in when running fast

From a Runner's World article: Breathlessness may also be due to fatigue of the inspiratory muscles, primarily the diaphragm. Just as we condition and build the endurance of our skeletal muscles, ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

"since breathing necessarily disrupts your flow" I think the amount of disruption relates to how far from perfect your form is. Since they need to breathe, they put a lot of work in perfecting their ...
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Breathing during running

You might be interested in reading this about the research of the late prof. Buteyko: @MR04: "controlling your breathing and taking in large breaths increases blood flow and provides oxygen faster ...
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Sudden burst of energy

It sounds a lot like you experienced a "runner's high". This is something that usually is experienced by runners, as running is the most common form of aerobic exercise, and runners therefore ...
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Breathing during running

It depends why you're running. If you're running to build your general aerobic and cardiovascular fitness, the rule of thumb I learned in the US Marine Corps is not to follow a particular breathing ...
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Breathe with mouth open while jogging and running?

Don't breathe in through your mouth while jogging. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. This helps regulate your rate of breathing as well as the temperature and particulate ...
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Why exhale when using strength?

I would not regard that author as focusing on strength. Instead, her experience speaks to "weight loss and wellness" camps, where the need for a rigid trunk during maximal and near maximal exertion is ...
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Are respiratory training adds dangerous?

When we don't have enough oxygen in our system though exhaustion from physical exercise we slow down and/or stop. In extreme cases some may pass out due to lack of oxygenated blood supply to their ...
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Breathing out during swimming freestyle

Neither way is "just wrong", although if you breath out completely every time your face hits the water, you can start hyperventilating. Breathing in swimming is just like any other sport, you breath ...
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How to do exercises properly?

In your previous question you say you're not sure if changing your diet is required...this couldn't be farther from the truth. If you want to maximize results, diet is by far the most important factor ...
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Can run in place endlessly, but tire for distance. Why?

The physics of running in place I fear your calorie burn measurements may be off. "Calorie" is a measure of energy transferred to (or work done on) an object when force is applied to the object over ...
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What factors affect underwater swimming endurance and how to improve it?

The main limitation here is that the oxygen you inhale before you submerge, is consumed by your muscles as you swim. The more energy you use, the faster your oxygen depletes, and this is what causes ...
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What factors affect underwater swimming endurance and how to improve it?

Primarily lung capacity is the issue here, but the rate at which your body uses oxygen is determined by your overall fitness level, muscle mass and technical efficiency. As a competitive swimmer with ...
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Breathing through the mouth

If you are new to jogging just breathe naturally through your mouth. It's the best way to get oxygen in and CO2 out. Wait until your cardiovascular system get conditioned to try the nose/mouth ...
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Is it breathing through the nose good for running?

It's better to breathe with both the mouth and the nose to increase the airflow to your lungs. Your lungs have to work extra hard when air is only allowed to flow through the nostrils. This applies to ...
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Breathing during abs workout (Weider 6)

These exercises are variations of the hollow body hold, which is quite a common exercise for gymnasts in order to perfect their handstand. As this an intense core exercise, it is always going to be ...
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Is there a correct way to breathe

Is there a correct way to breathe? No. If you are doing heavy compound movements such as the squats and deadlifts, the valsalva maneuver is used to ensure a tight core so that you protect your lower ...
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Ear(s) making a muffle sound during high intensity weight training sessions

I've experienced similar symptoms during CrossFit metcon style workouts where I'm breathing heavily in conjunction with lifting moderately heavy weights. The sensation is not unlike the blocked/...
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Is it possible to practice freestyle breathing with a kick board?

What the coaches mean, is that when you turn your head to the side, water forms kind of a "bow wave" coming off of your head/forehead, which causes a small trough (area of lower water) to form near ...
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Is it possible to practice freestyle breathing with a kick board?

There are various breathing exercises for beginners with the kickboard: If you are right handed and prefer breathing from the right, then keep your left hand outstretched to the front of the board ...
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After running 10 or more minutes at my 5K pace my breathing gets VERY wheezy

There could be quite a few different causes, from internal to environmental. My first thought is EIB (Exercise Induced Bronchospasm), which used to be called exercise induced asthma. It can be mild to ...
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Abdominal breathing vs proper posture

Common issue, you misconceive that pulling belly in is correcting your Lumbar Lordosis, or Anterior Pelvic Tilt (APT). Your erector spinae (lower back spinal muscles) and hip flexors tend to be ...
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Why do professional swimmers breathe every stroke in freestyle?

I suspect they breathe that much because that's just how much they need to... when going all out at that pace. From what you described of your own experience, you seem to be doing more long-distance/...
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Freestyle swimming: When do you stop exhaling?

I am assuming that you are doing freestyle. Without actually seeing you, I'm guessing that you have a form problem, and/or are going slow enough that you aren't able to create the "bow wave" effect ...
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What are some ways to ease a 50 year old asthmatic woman into yoga?

If her doctor has not already given you a list of exercises, this site has a list of concerns for more obese people doing yoga: Bending forward is in varying degrees hampered by the abdomen. If ...
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Is there any science behind training masks?

In general, it’s a gimmick plain and simple. However, if your primary goal is to see improved lung function then it may have something to offer you. Consider the following. Let’s say you can run a ...
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Is forcing yourself to breathe slowly after strenuous exercise potentially hazardous?

It depends. Read thoroughly the invitation for this seminar; there is some information about research on this topic. It seems that what you are doing can be really beneficial, but also it can be ...
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