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Breathing during Cardio

Does anyone know the "correct" way to breath when doing cardio?

Fri. Jul 13, 2:27pm

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Correct breathing is a prerequisite to proper training. Inhale deeply before starting on any exercise.

Exhale in a controlled manner during the most strenuous part of the exercise. During the easier part of the exercise, you inhale again.

In other words, you exhale when making the greatest effort whilst you inhale on the way back to the point where you started from. It is that simple!

Try to do the exercises strictly as prescribed whilst inhaling and exhaling evenly. In this way you will teach yourself to breathe correctly during exercising.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:01 PM

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For abdominal crunches, breath out as you move upwards, breathing in as you go back down to the starting position. It will feel more natural to breath as you are shortening the area between the ribs and hips. Hope that helps!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:05 PM

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Good you breathe through your nose or mouth?

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:07 PM

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Really great question... I'm also curious to know this as I find myself easily winded during my cardio class and I keep thinking that I am breathing incorrectly.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:22 PM

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My trainer told me to concentrate on breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, in a nice steady pattern. (While breathing in you can also use your mouth, but really focus on inhaling with your nose, then exhale only with your mouth.) It apparently helps the oxygen flow to your brain, which of course then travels to your heart and lungs. It takes a little practice, but while running, I have definitely seen how it helps.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 3:25 PM

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Thanks 3:25... great information and much needed!

Friday, July 13, 2007, 4:35 PM

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Also, make sure you have good form and keep your shoulders back and down so you can utilize your full lung capacity. When you are slumped forward (ie: if you look like a boxer when you run) you are cheating yourself of valuable oxygen because your lungs can't expand fully.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 4:56 PM

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I don't remember who got me started on this, but for cardio I always breathe in through my nose for 2 counts, and out through my mouth slowly for 4. Keeps my breathing very steady.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 6:48 PM

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To 6:48, I do something similar.

If I ever notice myself breathing heavily, I pick back up this breathing scheme:

three breaths in through my nose (three distinct draws of breath, but small), then 2 much slower breaths out my mouth.
It helps me relax, and also, I can run faster.

it's a different set of counts, but just play around with it and see what works for you.

Friday, July 13, 2007, 10:48 PM

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