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Training Techniques To Hold Your Breath Longer

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Training tips and advice

Caution: learning how to hold your breath can be fun but be careful and always have a buddy on hand to watch out for you. A great pre-read to this article is Breathing 101.This takes you through the fundamentals of learning to breath properly.

In this article we are going to take a look at training technique to hold your breath for longer periods. Hopefully you will never have to suffer a two-to three-wave hold down however as a waverider it is very possible and preparing for the inevitable will help you cope with the overwhelming sense of panic that can set in as you run out of oxygen when 20 feet under the surface.

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. The following technique has worked really  well for me 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.

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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 and you base time you need to better.

Top Tips Before You Start

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.

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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.

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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  exertion in short bursts while holding your breath.

learning to Hold your breath while standing or sitting calmly on land is  way different to trying to hold your breath 20 feet under the water after a bad wipeout. Hypoxic training is a great way to prepare your body for conserving energy while you are 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 a level that I know I can keep up for 45 minutes. I'll do a five-minute warm-up, and then start my breath-hold. I can do 30 seconds holding my breath, then a minute breathing, 30 sec 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 print out of your workout on the bike it would not 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

  1. Find a training pool
  2. Swim a warm-up 400 meters or so. follow up with
  3. 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

  1. Swim a warm-up 400 meters or so. Then :
  2. 25 meters underwater swimming. If you have fins, use 'em. Do 10 sets, and chase each set with 25 meters nice slow, breathing freestyle.
  3. 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 from Mark Healy

Bodysurfing is 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.