I run a lot. Running is my main exercise to make sure that I keep myself as fit and healthy as possible. Before I started running, I was thinking of doing other work outs or exercises, and I even considered weight training. But then again I thought what I wanted to achieve, and it was actually to lose a little weight and to also build up my endurance. So I thought that an aerobic exercise would be my best choice, and what better aerobic exercise is there than running? That was it; I started hitting the road and the treadmill at home, anywhere that I could run. And I couldn’t have been more right with my decision as I was able to achieve everything that I’ve set out to do.
Even though it eventually turned out to be a huge success for me, my start in running wasn’t exactly that easy. I was not an athletic person growing up, and that just continued on into my adulthood. It was very rare for me to engage in sports, and that is why my body was sort of shocked when I started to run regularly. Those were tough times, I must admit, but I accepted it all as a challenge that I would eventually overcome. In the end, I was able to do it, but not before conducting some research about proper running techniques that would make things better for me. I also learned about an important component of running that I foolishly overlooked when I started, and that is controlling my breath while running.
Running and Breathing: Goes Hand in Hand
When I discovered that running and controlled breathing should go hand in hand, I started researching on how to control breathing while running. It is a process, I knew right from the outset, and I wanted to do it right so that I get the best and maximum results as quickly as possible. Here are the tips on how to do it.
• The first thing to learn is to breath through the mouth, rather than through nose. This will help the runner take in more oxygen, and it will also help relax the runner more. Part the lips by lowering the jaw a little, making it easier to do the breathing through the mouth.
• Breathe control while running could be best achieved by doing short and shallow breaths as opposed to taking a deep breath. It wouldn’t hurt to breathe deeply every now and then, though.
• For best results of controlling the breath while running, the runner should make sure that he breathes from the diaphragm, as opposed to doing so from his chest. This practice could also help in toning the abdominal muscles over time.
• Be aware of the breathing pattern that you have. The common pattern is to breathe in for two steps and then breathe out for another two. Slight variations are acceptable since a runner is after regularity in his breathing pattern.