Health Tip: Practice Rhythmic Breathing

(HealthDay News) — Practicing rhythmic breathing can help you meet your exercise goals, especially if they involve running.

The American Lung Association recommends:

  • Using a five-step running pattern; inhale during three steps, exhale during two. For a faster pace, make it a three-step pattern, inhaling during two steps and exhaling during one.
  • Start out at a comfortable jogging pace, setting achievable goals.
  • Stay focused on your breathing and take breaks as necessary, before you begin running with more intensity
  • Always get your doctor’s OK before starting any exercise program.