Isn’t it weird when some days you feel like you could run for days and others the very thought of slipping on your sneakers is horrible? Yeah, for us too. Clearly you should all be getting enough sleep and eating properly, but there’s one other important factor that comes to successful running: how you breathe.
How you regulate your breath during your running session actually affects your energy levels. Here’s what you should do to power your muscles with fresh oxygen with every step.
Learn to breathe deeply and through your nose. It may surprise you, but many people have difficulty when it comes to breathing when running. Here’s the lowdown on why you should be taking deep breaths and breathing through your nose while you run/jog: when you take a deep breath, you are expanding your lungs, pressing down the diaphragm, and causing your abdomen to expand as your lungs fill with air. This is the correct way to breathe so learning to do this while running helps to take in a lot of oxygen, preventing dizziness and nausea.
Also, breathing through your nose helps you breathe more deeply and efficiently, this will ultimately help you run no matter what the temperature is. If you haven’t mastered breathing through your nose, you could always try wearing a bandana or other cloth over your nose to help ease into it.