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
This is no joke. Be very careful when learning and practicing to hold your breath because you could pass out or black out. So when you are doing your exercises do them on land and clear of objects you could crack your noggin on if you fall, better yet sit! and probably even a better Idea is get a friend to do it with you. Jay Moriarty tragically Died while practicing to hold his breath underwater in the Maldives . Mark Healy has said the closest he has come to Drowning has been in a pool 4 feet deep, you have been warned.
Everyone has their favorite calm preparation. Before you start to train know that you will be able to hold your breath longer when you are not being timed or aware that you are not being timed. That’s how much of it is purely mental.”A good trick to use when training is to go from A-Z on the alphabet and think of a friend for every letter use Famous or historic people for letters you can't think of a friend.
Smile have fun, The rules for holding your breath while you’re free diving or standing still are the polar opposite to holding your breath while you’re taking a beating. In diving, you want to relax and get calm. In surfing, if you’re taking a beating, you’re already stressed and expending a lot of energy.
“You need to go to your happy spot to calm yourself when you’re getting worked. That helps.”
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.
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.
Mark Healy says "My favorite breath holding exercise is to find a good stationary bike that shows resistance level, RPMs, and time.
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.
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.