Advertisement

How can I breath effectively when walking?

You have to find a breathing technique that is comfortable for you and you need to focus on that technique from your first step to your last.  The easiest technique will be to take deep breaths in through your noise, exhaling through your mouth.  This allows air to circulate in through your lung and be exhaled through your mouth.  Breathing in through your nose is beneficial to your body as your nose will restrict from too much air passing through your body.  This will also assist in breathing patterns to help keep your breathing controlled.  Also, be sure to walk upright with a good strong posture.  This will allow you to breathe easier and more fluently. 

In order to breathe effectively while walking, try focusing on a couple of things. First, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. There are a number of reasons this is beneficial. First off, breathing through your nose will help to filter and warm the air before it reaches your lungs. The nasal passages also offer more resistance to the air than breathing through the mouth does. This resistance helps to keep the lungs strong and elastic. When breathing in through the nose, also try to take deep breaths that fill the lungs with air. Typically, we tend to take short, small breaths which means we aren't utilizing the capacities of our lungs.

It is also beneficial to breath in a manner that 'distends' your stomach rather than 'lifts' your shoulders. When you breathe in and out of your 'belly' you are using the bodies primary muscles designed for respiration. Typically when people breathe deep they shrug their shoulders, which uses secondary muscles which do not allot for efficient and effective respiration. Lastly, try to walk with an upright, tall posture. This will help to ensure the lungs have enough space to expand and contract fully. 

Continue Learning about Walking

7 Secrets for Sticking to Your Walking Goal from Leslie Sansone
7 Secrets for Sticking to Your Walking Goal from Leslie Sansone
1. Make your goal doable. If you stick a 3-year-old on a two-wheeler and tell him to ride, he's going to fall off and refuse to get back on for a long...
Read More
How can I make walking a habit?
RealAgeRealAge
Schedule it. If you treat walking as an automatic "must" on your daily list -- like brushing your te...
More Answers
Walk Your Way to Better Health
Walk Your Way to Better HealthWalk Your Way to Better HealthWalk Your Way to Better HealthWalk Your Way to Better Health
The key to a longer, healthier life may be just a few steps away.
Start Slideshow
2 Simple Ways to Boost Weight Loss
2 Simple Ways to Boost Weight Loss

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.