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4/18/08 12:04 P

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Welcome to the team. I have the same problem. I don't take meds and I just don't feel like I am getting enough air at times. The one thing I have noticed that is worse than any of my exercises is the eliptical so I just don't do it anymore.

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4/16/08 4:43 P

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Welcome to the team and glad to have you. I hope the breathing exercises help you and look forward to getting to know you.

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4/16/08 2:16 P

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I wish we could see demonstrations too! I took some breathing lessons during some voice coaching classes. They taught similar breathing exercises with the goal of expanding the lungs. That was helpful! That was before I had the lung problems that I have now. I can't sing anymore because that requires taking air in through the mouth. That makes me too breathless.

I hope you have a great day!

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4/16/08 2:12 P

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I wish sp had some demonstations of them.

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4/16/08 2:11 P

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Oh that is awesome thank you!! I will give them a try!!

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4/16/08 2:09 P

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I know that feeling of not being able to get enough oxygen! I copied a couple of breathing exercises for you. Doing these exercises will help prepare you for exercise or just improve breathing. When you are running, you should just try to breath in through the nose and out the mouth.

I hope they help you!

BELLY BREATH EXERCISES
The following exercises are simple ways to deepen breathing and to cleanse the lungs. These exercises will also increase energy and decrease tension.
Lie flat on your back to get a proper sense of deep breathing. (Have some small pillows available to reduce strain by tucking them under the neck and knees. The natural course of breathing in that position will create a slight rise in the stomach upon inhaling and a slight fall upon exhaling.)
Place your hands palm down on your stomach at the base of the rib cage. (The lungs go that far down. What fills them deeper is the pushing down of the diaphragm. The diaphragm creates a suction which draws air into the lungs. the air is then expelled when the diaphragm pushes up. In this process, the life-giving oxygen fills the lungs and gets into the blood stream for distribution to the cells. Carbon dioxide is expelled from the blood into the about-to-be exhaled breath, thus cleansing the body and blood of waste products.) Lay the palms of your hands on your stomach just below the rib cage, middle fingers barely touching each other, and take a slow deep breath. (As the diaphragm pushes down, the stomach will slightly expand causing the fingertips to separate somewhat.

This movement indicates full use of the lungs, resulting in a truly deep breath rather than the "puffed chest" breath experienced by many as the greatest lung capacity. Chest breathing fills the middle and upper parts of the lungs. Belly breathing is the most efficient method. Infants and small children use only this method until the chest matures. The yoga breath or roll breathing combines belly and chest breathing.

FOR BEST RESULTS, PRACTICE THIS EXERCISE FOR 5 MINUTES.


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COMPLETE BREATH EXERCISES
1. Sit up straight. Exhale.
2. Inhale and, at the same time, relax the belly muscles. Feel as though the belly is filling with air.

3. After filling the belly, keep inhaling. Fill up the middle of your chest. Feel your chest and rib cage expand.

4. Hold the breath in for a moment, then begin to exhale as slowly as possible.

5. As the air is slowly let out, relax your chest and rib cage. Begin to pull your belly in to force out the remaining breath.

6. Close your eyes, and concentrate on your breathing.

7. Relax your face and mind.

8. Let everything go.

9. Practice about 5 minutes.


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HUMMING BREATH EXERCISES
Follow the instructions for inhaling the COMPLETE BREATH (Steps 1-3 above). Now, as you begin to slowly exhale, make a HUM sound. Keep making that humming sound as long as possible. Pull your stomach muscles in, squeezing out a few more seconds of humming. Then relax. Practice for 2 to 3 minutes.

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4/16/08 1:51 P

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Thank you for your reply!! I have tried breathing exercises but I am never sure how deep to breathe. Is it deep breaths or just shallow? lol I usually try to breathe deep and slow when I am feeling particularly out of breath but it's hard when your jogging and have a rhythm going on!
Walking is such a good way to exercise! I enjoy walking but I swear I have dreams about running long distances! lol I am just a runner waiting to happen;)

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4/16/08 1:42 P

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Thanks for posting. Have you tried breathing exercises? When I am walking, it helps a LOT if I breath correctly. In through the nose and out the mouth. It sounds like you are motivated and committed! I don't think I will ever be able to run again, I'm happy to walk further. But I admire you for jogging! Keep up the good work!
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4/16/08 12:58 P

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Hi all! I am new to the team and though my asthma isn't bad enough to need meds it is affecting my breathing during my workouts! I like to run. I want to build my running speed and time. Right now I can jog 2 miles at roughly 5.0 speed:) When I do that I have a hard time breathing and have to focus on taking deeper breaths. I still never feel like I get a good breath. It is frustrating but I am hoping to start training for a marathon. Just baby steps as I want to build to running 5 miles 4-5 days a week for a year but I was wondering if anyone else has the breathing issue, doesn't want to take meds, and has found a way to feel like you are getting air!!!
It is nice to meet you all and thank you MSTIGGERFAN and DONNACAN for your welcome comments on my page!! Hope to talk to y'all more!!:D

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