Breathing Techniques For Runners
I think one of the hardest parts about being a runner, especially when you first start, is controlling your breathing.It’s very easy to get winded fast and feel like you need to stop.Just as you strength train your hips to improve your leg strength, you need to strengthen the muscles used for breathing. There is a pattern to follow while you breath and your posture also plays a key role too. Just remember, training your lungs is just as important as training the rest of your body if you are a runner.
Runners think about training their glutes and legs, but they rarely think about training their lungs,” says Mindy Solkin, owner and head coach of The Running Center in New York City. “A strong respiratory system can improve your running. It’s a simple equation: Better breathing equals more oxygen for your muscles, and that equals more endurance.
The key to preventing lung-and leg-fatigue is breathing more fully. “When you take deeper breaths, you use more air sacs in your lungs, which allows you to take in more oxygen to feed your muscles,” says David Ross, M.D., a pulmonologist at UCLA Medical Center. “When I’m running, I concentrate on taking slow and deep breaths to strengthen my diaphragm.“
This video give amazing insight on how to get your breathing in check. Here are the perfect exercises you can learn to breathe easier and more efficiently while you run.
Source: Runner’s World