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Why Do I Feel Out of Breath When Running?


Updated May 16, 2014

Why Do I Feel Out of Breath When Running?

Question: Why Do I Feel Out of Breath When Running?

"I always feel out of breath when I run. What am I doing wrong?"

Answer: When you're running, you're breathing harder and some huffing and puffing is expected, especially when you first get started. After a very easy warm-up, try to focus on breathing in and out through your mouth. Concentrate on breathing from deep down in your belly. Deep belly breathing allows you to take in more air, which can also help prevent side stitches.

Try to run at a pace at which you can breathe easily. Use the "talk test" to figure out if your pace is appropriate. You should be able to speak in full sentences, without gasping for air. If you can't do that, you may have to slow down or take a walking break. As you become more fit, your breathing will become easier.

If you find that you're wheezing and have trouble catching your breath even when you slow down, talk to your doctor about whether you might have asthma.

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