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Health Tip: Breathe Right During Exercise

Work out without shortness of breath

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(HealthDay News) -- If you're just starting an exercise program, learning how to breathe properly can help you avoid shortness of breath.

Here are some tips on how to regulate your breathing while exercising, courtesy of the American Lung Association:

  • Cough a few times to get rid of any mucus in your lungs.
  • Relax and take a few deep breaths before you start your workout. Continue to breathe deeply as you exercise.
  • Count as you breathe, and breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in. Count to two as you breathe in, and count to four as you breathe out.
  • If you feel out of breath, try resting or slowing your pace for a few minutes, then continuing the exercise.


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