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Training Techniques To Hold Your Breath Longer 

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Training tips and advice

Learning how to hold your breath can be fun but be careful and always have a buddyNow that we have seen the importance of everyday correct breathing in Breathing 101.  

We are going to take a look at  training to hold your breath for longer periods. Although the vast majority of surfers and Body surfers will never suffer a two-to three-wave hold down or stare down a 20-footer, we've all been under the water for a little longer than you anticipated and felt that overwhelming sense of panic as we scramble to the surface for breath.

This is why it is important to learn how to hold your breath longer

Top Tips Before You Start

Improve The Length You Hold Your Breath In One Day With Some Simple Techniques.

There are various methods out there this we tried and seems to work well for us and will have you holding your breath longer in not time. To Increase your lung capacity. Practice deep breathing and follow the next three steps to increase the amount of air your body can accept when you inhale. Deep breathing will also help you develop control of your breathing.

Determine your base time

  • You need to know your starting point so get out the stopwatch and time yourself as you hold your breath. Time your breathing three times then calculate the average of the three. This is your starting point.

  • Start each day with deep breathing

  • Each morning take a few minutes to work with your breathing. While laying flat on your back, place one hand flat on your stomach and the other just above so that it rests on your chest. Inhale slowly as much as you can, hold for a count of three, then exhale all of the breath. You should feel your chest expand on the inhale and contract when you exhale. Concentrate and practice so that your lungs take in a lot of air and expand with the breath.

  • Loosening and relaxing

  • Inhale then relax. Concentrate on loosening and relaxing your muscles while inhaling and holding your breath. When you tense, your body wants to inhale. It is the carbon dioxide in your lungs that wants to exhale which causes you to tense up and feel panic when holding your breath. By relaxing you give your body more time to hold the breath.

  • Slowly release carbon dioxide

  • Practice controlled exhaling. Holding your breath doesn't mean you cannot exhale. If you allow the carbon dioxide to slowly leave your body through slow and controlled exhalation. During your practice sessions, as you are holding your breath, be prepared to exhale a little at a time.

    How to Hold Your Breath Longer While Exerting Energy

    Hypoxic training

    Hypoxic training is the name given to exercise that involves swimming or otherwise exertion in short bursts while holding your breath. It's quiet obvious holding your breath while standing or sitting calmly on land is a little different to getting a beating while in High surf. If you have the idea to go out then you practice for holding your breath while doing Cardio. This means you will be used to trying to hold your breath while exerting energy.

    tips Mark Healy's

    Mark Healy says "My favorite breath holding exercise is to find a good stationary bike that shows resistance level, RPMs, and time.

    How Mark Healy Trains To Hold His Breath For Longer

    First, I'll find a medium/high resistance level and get it going up to an RPM rate that is high -- but at the same time is something that I know I can keep up for 45 minutes. I'll do a five-minute warm-up, and then start my breath-holds. Where I'm at now, I do 30 seconds holding my breath, then a minute breathing, 30sec hold, one minute breathe. The whole point is to keep the resistance and RPM's the same the whole time. So if there was a printout of what you did on the bike it wouldn't show ups and downs, just a constant even pace. I'll do this for half an hour breathing only through my mouth. This exercise teaches my body to deal with oxygen and carbon dioxide more efficiently and to 'recover on my feet'. When I'm done with the exercise I will have held my breath for 10 minutes out of 30.

    Other Great Ways To Train Using Hypoxic Training

    • Find a training pool 
    • Swim a warm-up 400 meters or so. follow up with
    • 25 meters freestyle, no breathing! Head down all the way. Do 10 sets of these, with 15 seconds gap in between each set.
    Follow this with
    • Swim a warm-up 400 meters or so. Then :
    • 25 meters underwater swimming. If you have fins, use 'em. Do 10 sets, and chase each set with   25 meters nice slow, breathing freestyle.
    • 20 seconds gap on these ones.

    Bodysurfing as a form of breath Training 

    bodysurfing and handplaning for fitness and breathing excersizes

    Best Advice for your training

    bodysurfing as an excellent form of cross-training for larger surf -- it's essentially hypoxic training at its purest form, and has the advantage of being fun to do in surf you'd never paddle out to ride.


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