The research involved about 50 healthy adult women and men who do not smoke. The participants were 20-40 years old on average. The research begins by asking the respondents to ride a stationary bicycle. At the same time, the researchers also monitored the function of the internal organs of the respondents such as the lungs, heart and other body functions. After the exercise was over, they just measured the level of difficulty breathing from each participant. Researchers who know the research are Dr. Dennis Jensen from McGill University revealed that his study showed that there was an electrical activation in women’s respiratory muscles during exercise. This is done to compensate for the smaller size of the lungs, respiratory muscles and airways.
Researchers think a study could help provide healthcare services to identify a new method of improving breathing and exercise capacity in women, people with heart disease, the elderly and people with chronic lung disease. Dr. Jensen emphasized that further studies are still needed to determine whether the results of this study can also be implicated in groups of men and women who are overweight and obese.
To avoid being too breathless when doing strenuous exercise, you should do the following tips:
1. Mouth Breathe
Using your mouth to breathe while doing exercise allows more oxygen to enter and more carbon dioxide to exit than when you breathe through your nose from your nose. However, when you try to breathe from your nose while doing sports, your facial muscles tighten and your jaw tends to clench or tighten. While breathing through the mouth will encourage the facial muscles to relax so that it can create a calm and more relaxed feeling. When you start to feel tired and out of breath, it’s best to start slowing down your run. That way, your breath will not be too heavy when doing sports.
2. Taking Short And Shallow Breath
Taking too deep and long breaths will only make a person unable to go too far or too long. For this reason, it’s best to take shallow, shallow breaths to make it easier to catch your breath.
3. Use Abdominal Breathing More Often
Try to breathe through your stomach or diaphragm and not your chest. To practice it, try lying on your back and try to watch the movement of the stomach as you breathe. A person who is breathing properly, the surface of his stomach will rise and fall with each breath, while the chest has minimal movement. So that your breath is regular when doing running sports, then apply this method.
Breathing properly is very very important to reduce stress and increase the proper physical stamina. Learning to focus on breathing while in the sports arena, especially when running, is not easy, but it can be practiced when you walk so that later your body will get used to it.