Walking and running are excellent forms of exercise. You should be doing either one (or both) on a regular basis.
But do you ever yourself out of breath?🥵
Here’s how to fix that:
1- relax. Sometimes we walk or run to release stress, so it is important we focus on relaxing our body. Relax your shoulders and let them drop. Relax your jaw and let the tongue drop.
2- go at a comfortable pace. Unless your workout includes speed intervals, slow down the pace. It should be comfortable and enjoyable. If not, slow down. You should be able to carry a conversation without losing your breath. If you can’t, slow down.
3- focus on slow, controlled breaths. Fast and shallow breathing does not give you ample oxygen. Instead focus on slow and controlled breathing. And you can try syncing it with your steps. Every 2 or 3 steps inhale and every 2 or 3 steps exhale.
4- belly breathe. Most people are chest breathers. What this means is when you inhale your chest rises. If this is you, you’re not getting in enough oxygen and more likely to experience shortness of breath. Instead, when you inhale, let only your belly rise. This ensures you get ample oxygen. Tip: practice belly breathing when not exercising so you can make it a habit. It can be helpful to place your hand on your belly.
Does this help you?! Any light bulb moments?
Hope you enjoy your next walk or run! Make sure to tag us @alamo180 if these tips helps!