Should You Breathe Through Your Mouth or Nose During Exercise?

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Everything we know about breathing might be wrong.

Next time you go for a run, pay attention to the way you breathe: Do you inhale and exhale solely through your nose? If you’re like most athletes, probably not – and that might be hindering your performance. Here’s the answer to the age-old question, “Should you breathe through your mouth or nose when running?”

“As a modern culture, we have primarily defaulted to a by-mouth approach to breathing during exercise, falsely assuming that we cannot adequately oxygenate ourselves by breathing though our nose,” explains Dr. George M. Dallam, former USA Triathlon National Team coach and current professor of exercise science and health promotion at CSU-Pueblo. “And the result of this is a nearly epidemic rate of exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in endurance athletes.”

In layperson terms, many athletes are…

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