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A question of technology: breathe properly while running

Breathing is an important factor in running. Only those who breathe properly can prevent a stitch and achieve optimal performance.

Anyone who thinks that breathing is an unimportant minor matter when running is wrong! Wrong breathing can quickly lead to a nasty stitch - and you really don't need that during your training session. A "new" breathing technique has recently been promoted in some fitness magazines, according to which the breathing technique should adapt to the rhythm of the step or even the rhythm of music. However, experts now say that when running, it is best to concentrate on deep breathing.

It is best not to think too much about breathing while running - because this is not really witchcraft: whenever you need air while running, take a deep breath! In order for this to work optimally, you have to make sure that you also exhale forcefully. Exhaling properly ensures that no residual air remains in the lungs (i.e. no stinging in the side!) And that you can breathe in vigorously again. Use the entire lung volume if possible, so breathe deeply into your stomach and with your diaphragm. This is just a matter of practice.

When running, you do not have to be careful that your breathing and the steps are in harmony - normally they do so by themselves. The inhalation and exhalation therefore happen independently of the step rhythm. Some magazines have said that you should breathe in and out every four steps at a slow pace, and every two steps for a fast run. To want to control the running intensity via a coupled breath-step rhythm is total nonsense! When you run, you breathe not only through your mouth, but also through your nose. That pure "nasal breathing" inspires you while running is just another fairy tale.

As a runner, it is best to try out for yourself what the different breathing techniques are. For example, if you only breathe through your nose, you will quickly notice that you are getting too little air while running. Even the nasal patch should not make a decisive contribution to breathing while running, according to the experts. Investigations showed that the plaster was only effective in those sports where breathing through the mouth was made difficult by wearing a mouthguard (e.g. ice hockey).