Many people contact me with questions about how to breathe during physical activities. It is a big issue for anyone who has breathing difficulties, which often creates a deadlock situation. On one hand, being physically active is essential for overcoming breathing problems; on the other hand, physical activities often become a trigger for asthma symptoms and other types of breathing difficulties. As a result, people stop exercising and their health worsens. Fortunately, the Breathing Normalization method helps people find a way out of this hostile place. Adults and children become able to hike, run, bike, swim, and do yoga without experiencing any breathlessness, coughing, excessive mucus or fatigue.

 Peter Merlin was not able to exercise without a coughing fit caused by his asthma but now he is biking and skiing at a high elevation without breathing problems. He lives in Boulder, CO; he took three levels of Breathing Normalization training and became a certified Breathing Normalization Specialist. Watch the video above to learn from Peter about how to control breathing during physical activities.

Breathing Tips: How To Breathe During Physical Activities

1. Always inhale and exhale through your nose
2. Keep your breathing quiet
3. If you feel that you need to open your mouth, stop or slow down, apply a Breathing Normalization technique, then continue by breathing quietly through your nose.

Frequently Asked Question: Why are physical activities needed to overcome breathing difficulties?

Sasha's Answer: From the perspective of Dr. Buteyko's work, breathing problems are caused by a carbon dioxide deficiency in the lungs occurring as a result of excessive air consumption. To reduce or stop breathing problems, the level of CO2 should be increased. One of the most natural ways to achieve this goal is by being physically active. When in motion, a human body generates more CO2 on a cellular level as a result of increased metabolism.