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The importance learning How to hold your Breath longer while Bodysurfing is important

It goes with out saying that if you Hand boardhand planeBodysurf , surf or partake in any form of water sport you are going to find yourself under the water at some point. The size of the wave or roughness of the river will determine the amount of time you are going to spend under. Knowing certain breathing practices and techniques keeping on top of a routine and training to hold your breath can significantly lower the risk in your adventures, and in most cases significantly improve your performance. Training to hold your breath  should be an essential part of any water mans routine, and especially us Body surfers!  As they say


why you whould learn how to hold your breath when bodysurfing and handplaning

"Fail To Prepare And Prepare To Fail"

its a good motto to live by. In the following article we will explore techniques and training programs that will give you a great start in knowing how to hold your breath longer

If you have had the displeasure of a long hold down, you will know, There is very little less scary than being held under  twisted around in every direction not knowing which way is up and then the panic starts to set in! Take it from me it is not a nice experience and a particular gnarly situation  led me to find out how to hold my breath longer so that I could enjoy the sports i loved. I am sure every water man has at some point had a gnarly hold Down. NOT FUN! 

As bodysurfers and Handboarder/Handplaners It is even more important for  to practice breathing exerciser's as the nature of our sport we  spend more time under the water than most other water sports. Therefore the chances of getting a good beating when you are dropping in late on a wedge bomb is that much higher than on stand-up surfboard and less chance you are going to be able to kick out or over the section. As a bodysurfer we tend to cop it on the head a lot more! This is and I'm sure you will agree, part of the fun of bodysurfing and handboarding. Getting hammered for me is part of the allure. However, you have to know how to be able to deal with the beating or it could be your last. You wouldn't step into an UFC Octagon without at least the basics on martial arts and mother nature can be a lot more violent and destructive than any UFC Fighter.

Training to hold your breath  should be an essential part of any water mans routine, and especially us Body surfers!  As they say "fail to prepare and prepare to fail" its a good motto to live by. In the following article we will explore techniques and training programs from Various sources and Professionals.  There are tips on how to improve your Breathing and fitness simply through your Diaphragm control there are also tips from the pros on how to better deal with being held under. What to do and what not to do. Simple procedures that could end up saving your life.that will give you a great start in knowing. Don't find yourself in this position before you start to think about how long you can really hold your breath for how to hold your breath longer


Breathing 101: simple techniques to Improve Your Diaphragmatic Breathing

Diaphramtic breathing for bodysurfing and learning how to hold your breath longerI am a singer and a swimmer, both of which have made me a conscious natural breather. Most of you may protest: “I know how to breathe! Duh!” My response is: “No, you don’t.” The majority of people do not take their breathing habits into consideration on a daily basis. At night though, your body subconsciously takes over as you dream.  Unaware, you revert to a natural, healthy breathing pattern. The breathing pattern is there.  It’s an innate human function.  Now we just need to teach you the difference and fix the bad habit…easy right?


How are you breathing wrong now 

Stand up tall,  Shoulders back Tummy sucked in- tall and thin

A Common misconception and bad mistake! this causes 

Short Shallow breathing

Why is this bad?

Shallow chest breathing delivers less air per breath into the lungs, in turn constricting our blood vessels. The imbalance, in turn, delivers less oxygen to the brain, heart and the rest of the body. 


Proper Diaphragmatic Breathing On A Daily Basis 

Less oxygen in turn promotes fatigue, tension and tightness, which all cause stress."

Shallow breathing prevents the body from getting enough oxygen. Many people fail to breathe in deeply when they feel tense, which is one reason they may feel zapped at the end of a stress-filled day. 

The general principles of correct breathing are to make it: 

  • deeper
  • slower
  • quieter
  • more regular

Breathing with these simple principles in mind helps you force more oxygen into your cells, which slows heart rate, lowers blood pressure and improves circulation, ultimately providing more energy. This is the ultimate goal to improving your ability to do activities like bodysurfingsurfing and snowboarding for longer and more effectively. 


The Diaphragm And Diaphragmatic Breathing

The most important muscle in our breathing function is the diaphragm. The diaphragm is in an arc that lies at the bottom of the lungs. Take your hands off the keyboard and feel the crevice in the center of your core, just under your rib cage- see where the ribs and lungs meet forming a "^" Just below that is your diaphragm. In order for your diaphragm to work properly, we must deny social beauty and allow our tummies to stick out- just a bit. 

  • Take a deep breath in from your nose and down to the pit of your stomach. 
  • Feel the air flow through your entire body. 
  • Your shoulders will remain flat, and your upper chest still. 

There you go! You’re putting your diaphragm and diaphragmatic breathing to work! 

In That One Breath 

  1. You allowed the appropriate level of oxygen to flow through your body.
  2. You practically doubled the amount of oxygen that shallow breathing allows. 
  3. The oxygen hit your blood and began its circulation while stimulating higher levels of energy. 
  4. It maintains the correct amount of oxygen needed for your body.   It also balances your pH levels and carbon dioxide levels. The brain, which hogs most of our oxygen, will now operate more efficiently. 

The connection: breathing and learning to hold your breath underwater

What does this have to do with singing and swimming? Everything. Singing, in its most basic form, is breathing on pitch. Controlling my breath and understanding my breath allows me to hit those notes and shatter windows. On the other hand, as an athlete, the common misuse of breathing causes you to become fatigued easily, affecting your rhythm, timing and speed. Adapting and practicing the art of natural deep breathing with your diaphragm and practicing diaphragmatic breathing has an immediate dramatic effect on your performance. A questionable practice of professional swimmers is using an inhaler just before a race.  It helps them to shave just enough time off. The inhaler does the same thing your diaphragm does, except you’re doing it naturally and  without medicine. Not only have we improved our speed and performance, but proper deep breathing also allows for relaxation and calmness. Yoga is centered on these breathing exercises. Without proper diaphragmatic breathing, you cannot reach the desired state of deep meditation.

Water Sports breathing 

"For water sports, breathing properly is essential to a better workout and allows you to remain in control while submerged." Through practice, your new found awareness of your breath will allow you to practice your sports at a higher performance level.  With correct breathing practices, not only can the above sports be more fun and competitive, but you will have more energy in your every day life, as well as a lot more get up and go!

sports that require learning how to hold your breath properly


Author: Steven Watts

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