For beginner runners breathing is one of the things people worry about most. The good news is that it gets easier as you get fitter. Here are some tips that can help.
- Breathe in and out through your mouth. Your open mouth is a much bigger hole than your nostrils!
- Try to go for deep full breaths. If you find yourself in a panic and panting try to BLOW OUT really hard and long. If you can empty your lungs then they are forced to take a deep, slow breath in. This can help regulate.
- Try to recognise the pattern of your breath. This is easiest to do when you are walking. Try counting how many steps you take for one full breath in and one full breath out. Try to keep this rhythm going when you start to run.
- Counting can really help to regulate the breath. Sometimes people just count their steps in time with their breath. For me that would be 1,2 (breath in) 3,4 (breath out). Others will count from 1 to 100 when tackling a long hill for example.
Hope this helps tomorrow!