How do you breathe when running?

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    I know that running isn’t an official part of the simplefit program, but I figured someone here would know the answer anyway.

    Is there a “right” way to breathe when you’re running/jogging? I’m imagining that you’ve got to keep your blood oxygenated, and if you’ve got enough oxygen, you might not tire so quickly, and be able to keep on jogging rather than having to back down into a walk.

    Should you inhale deeply and hold your brath fro a few counts? Contiouously breathe en and out at some rate (in for 2 counts, out for 2 counts?).

    I’m convinced there’s got to be a “proper” way to breathe.


    ask 50 runners… you will get 50 different answers.

    the best answer… is breathe comfortably.

    when you are sprinting… you will be breathing much differently than when you are pacing yourself for a marathon.

    I find that when i am sprinting short distances (200 meters or less) i barely breathe… since this is a mostly anarobic activity… that is fine. I take deep breaths with longer sprints… and they tend to be roughly 1 inhale / 2-3 strides.

    When i run my usual 5k in the mornings… i find that i huff and puff the first 1/2 mile of warm up… but then i find my grove and i can sing along with my ipod at a comfortable 10 mile / hour pace.

    i am now curious to know what others think about breathing.


    Mal is right I think.

    I’ve read a few books on running and it seems to be that you get that involved with it when you compete at the very advanced level. I do know that the type of breather you are can make a difference when you compare anatomy.

    A chest breather tends to be a very shallow breather while a stomach breather is a deep breather which means more O2 in the long run (no pun intended).

    Chest breathers are those people whose chest rise and fall when they breathe and nothing else. Stomach breathers have both the chest and belly rise and fall but more so in the belly. I read somewhere the best way to find that out is to put a book on your chest and then your stomach while you breath normally. Whichever one moves the book furthest will tell you which one you are.

    Now how to convert over? No idea heh.


    Bri, it definitely is possible to convert from a chest breather to a stomach breather. I was once a chest breather but converted over after lots of practice in yoga and constant reminding myself throughout the day. I mostly breath with my stomach now but once in a while when I get really stressed out I switch back (I also tend to hold my breath when I’m stressed).

    I’ve heard it’s best to breath in through the nose. I’ve heard mixed things on breathing out; some say nose, some say mouth. The reason for breathing through the nose is that it helps to regulate the heartbeat. Apparently something in your nose can tell how fast you’re breathing and coordinate your heartbeat to your breathing rate. It gets thrown off if you’re a mouth breather.


    To go along with gwmccull’s advice on nose breathing….

    When I started to run over a year ago, I would get these incredible, ‘stop me in my tracks’ chest pains. They got so bad that I was on the verge of a cardiologist visit. That was, until someone suggested that I regulated my breathing by going through my nose, out my mouth. I said how ridiculous that was….how could pains that paralyzed me mid run be corrected by simply breathing through my nose? So, I changed my breathing and voila! No more chest pains. I also learned that when my breathing would get out of control, I’d walk until it was, then start running again.

    Another advantage of nose breathing is avoiding dry mouth.

    Two running books I have suggest to breathe any way that is normal and comfortable to you… nose out mouth, in mouth out mouth or any combination, as long as it’s done in a controlled manner.

    Find what works for you and go with it.


    If you have trouble breathing through your nose, try using breathe-right strips. Though you might find that even with using them, it’s uncomfortable to breathe via your nose (like me).

    When you use your stomach, you’re using your diaphram to breathe.

    Like others said, find whatever is most comfortable with you and use that.

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