(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.