Upgrade your workouts and unlock your athletic potential with rhythmic breathing.
Start inhaling as your right foot hits the ground, and continue sucking air deep into your lungs for two more steps (right, left, right). “Make the inhale one calm, continuous breath,” says Budd Coates, author of Running on Air.
Exhale for your next two steps (left, right), breathing out with slightly more force. “But don’t do it so fast that you run out of breath,” says Coates. “Count off the entire rhythmic breathing pattern like this: In-two-three, out-two.”
Repeat, this time starting your inhalation as your left foot hits the ground. It’s this alternating foot-strike pattern that distributes the impact forces equally between both sides of your body, reducing your risk of injury.
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